Thursday 2 February 2006

Horrible Histories Live on Stage

Last Tuesday, I took the kids to see the Terrible Tudors live on stage at the Wycombe Swan. It's a play (more of a panto really) by the prolific Terry Deary who authored the most excellent Horrible History series of books The man should be given a medal for making history so interesting to children.

The stage show was excellent. We all enjoyed it and can now tell you a lot more about the Tudors. R* is studying the Tudors in school so the timing was great. They start with nasty Richard III and cover Henry VII, Henry VIII and his wives and finish with Elizabeth I. There's a good sing-a-long for remembering the fates of Henry VIII's wives (divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived) and a fun analogy of Catholics vs Protestants being like rival footballs teams.

If you have kids and the show comes to a local theatre, I highly recommend you take them. According to Ticketmaster, it's coming to Wimbledon, Birmingham and Edinburgh. We're going back to see the Vile Victorians this Saturday.


  1. Saw the Vile Victorians. We all agreed that the Terrible Tudors were better. Both plays are similiar but I guess the stories behind the Tudors are more interesting.

  2. Shannon Dexter5 March 2006 at 13:21

    I thought the play was very good and I wrote a good report about it at the weekend for homework.

  3. i have seen them both and i would deffinately reccommend them. they are fantastic and really fun. my favourite show was the terrible tudors although i did enjoy the vile victorians. my personal favourite part was when they were talking about henry VIII in the terrible tudors. there was a really fun sing-along about hes six wifes which i still cant stop singing now. its a great family show and everyone is bound to have a great time!

  4. Yes i jus got the chain letter form a friend and I think this is wierd!

  5. I haven't seen this one but I have seen the Ancint Egyptians and am going to see World War 2 in a few weeks. I have read all but 3 of the books including the specials and has helped me become the best at history in my year.