‘Horrible Histories’ celebrates 25 years with performances at Theatre Royal Brighton

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Horrible Histories Live On Stage will return to Theatre Royal Brighton to celebrate 25 years since the publication of the acclaimed book series. The company are touring two hilarious shows, ‘Terrible Tudors’ and ‘Awful Egyptians’ over four dates in Brighton featuring astounding 3D special effects.


The ‘Terrible Tudors’ performances explore the King Henries all the way to the end of Queen Elizabeth to hear about the torture techniques of the monarchs of the era! Alternatively, ‘Awful Egyptians’ transports you back in time to the reign of the Pharaohs, discusses the miracles of the pyramids, and uncovers the foul facts of death and decay with the mummies in Egypt.


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Bestselling non-fiction author, Terry Deary, is one of the most popular children’s authors in the country. The Horrible Histories franchise comprises over 50 books, which have sold over 25 million copies worldwide, and have been recreated for television, audiobooks, and now as stage shows.


With over 40 years of acting experience, Deary has no problems transferring the stories from book to theatre with Director, Neal Foster. “We are not trying to write literary stuff. It isn’t the books on stage, we are not determined to be true to the spirit of the books, we are writing for theatre. So it is fresh and original.”

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Director of Horrible Histories On Stage, Neal Foster, started the Birmingham Stage Company when he was just 19 years old, and their famous productions include David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie and Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine. They have been producing Horrible Histories for the stage since 2005, and have just celebrated 25 years as a theatre company. 


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Foster discusses how writing for a younger audience is both rewarding and challenging: “They often respond in a way that you don’t anticipate and you never cease to underestimate their sophistication and what they will find interesting. You can never guess what direction they will want to go in when you tell the story. That is why children’s theatre is so exciting.”


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The production uses incredible 3D effects known as ‘Bogglevision’ to bring memories of the past to life on stage. Among an array of 3D illusions, spectators will witness the Spanish Armada firing cannonballs into the auditorium and a Mummy reaching out to grab them in the audience.


Performances will run from Wednesday 30th January until Saturday 2nd February at Theatre Royal Brighton. To purchase tickets to the shows please visit ATG tickets for Awful Egyptians and Terrible Tudors.

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