Horrible Histories Barmy Britain - Part Three
Reviewed on Wednesday 29th July 2015
Who knew rhinos used to roam the fields of Britain? Who knew 600 people in Soho died of cholera by drinking water from one mangy tap? I certainly didn't!
The poker faced puritans may have tried to ruin the fun by banning Christmas... but not even the most vanilla of puritans could resist a big musical number on the a West End stage! This set the pitch perfectly for my favourite part of history; the Restoration period. King Charles II fluttered in sparkling like a glitter ball and rapping all about putting the 'gyration' in Restoration, with Spargo providing the stand out moment of the performance.
Terry Deary and Neal Foster's show features some brilliant references to popular culture; the Great British Bake Off quickly escalates in to the Great Fire of London.
Nothing short of slick throughout, Neal Foster's production is fast paced with the ball of energy never dipping for a single second. This isn't your average children's show; Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Three is educational, enjoyable for those young and old(er) and - most importantly - a real hoot!
Reviewed by Joanne Hewes
Photo Credit: Jane Hobson