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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Two! returns to Garrick Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BATTLING Boudicca is one of many historical characters who come to life on the Garrick stage when BSC’s record-breaking show Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Two! returns to London’s West End for a summer season – from August 3 to August 31, 2014.

Lining up to entertain audiences with gory and hilarious facts are Britain’s best, including Scottish independent William Wallace, evil Elizabeth, dastardly Dick Turpin and that party animal, groovy Queen Victoria. It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

Written by Terry Deary and Neal Foster, this family show reveals the real history of Britain in a uniquely funny and memorable way with songs and sketches packed with disgusting facts and extraordinary events.

Barmy Britain – Part Two! stars Alison Fitzjohn and Neal Foster. The production is designed by Jackie Trousdale, with lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagar and music by Matthew Scott.

Horrible Histories live shows are created by Neal Foster and The Birmingham Stage Company, one of the world’s leading producers of drama for children and their families. The BSC has been touring Horrible Histories for nine years throughout the UK, Ireland, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and in July they return to the Sydney Opera House.

Other recent BSC productions include Tom’s Midnight Garden, Bagpuss and James and the Giant Peach.

Terry Deary, the creator of Horrible Histories, is one of Britain’s best-selling authors of the 21st Century and the tenth most-borrowed author in British libraries. There are around 50 Horrible Histories titles with total sales of 25 million in 40 countries worldwide. He is also the author of over 200 fiction and non-fiction books for young people.

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Two! is suitable for ages 6+.

Tickets: £20, £17.50 and £15 – available from the box office on 0844 412 4662 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Friday at 2pm; Saturday at 10.30am and 12 noon; Sunday at 1pm.

Running Time: 1 hour.

NB: BSC’s current tour of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, a separate two hour show complete with 3D special effects, continues playing many venues around the UK until December. For full tour list visit

The Beatles tribute show Let It Be runs at the Garrick Theatre from July 9 to September 21, 2014. It will be followed – from October 4 – by the West End transfer of Kander and Ebb’s award-winning and final musical The Scottsboro Boys.