Writers: Terry Deary and Neal Foster
Director: Neal Foster
Reviewer: Tom Finch
There’s no way anyone could accuse Horrible Histories of being dull. This high-energy hour long show, made up of a series of sketches that look at life in Britain from the stone age right up to the 20th century. The two performers, who on press day were Neal Foster and Anthony Spargo, are on stage for the duration and play a wealth of characters between them.
What’s delightful about the show is the no nonsense approach the subject is given. In fact the creators go out of their way to give the grim, grisly details of the nastier side of history. This show probably contains more poo jokes than the rest of the West End shows combined.
The young audience members in attendance seem to adore the show and, for the most part, give the pair on stage their full attention. Of course, there is plenty of interaction with sing-alongs and one plucky volunteer even has to face being put in the stocks.
There’s enough in the show for the grown ups as well with some gags being laugh out loud funny. A reference to a certain royal salute very nearly brings the house down.
At an hour long this show is a perfect treat for just about any child or anyone who enjoys a few poo jokes.
Runs until 5th September | Photo Jane Hobson