Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks

Poster to the show.

Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks is a 2015 stage show by The Birmingham Stage Company.[1] It is a double bill with Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders. It has played in theatres such as at Theatre Royal, Brighton,[2] The Mayflower,[3] and Royal & Derngate.[4] The show combined actors and 3D Bogglevision special effects.[5]


The show was written and directed by Neal Foster.[5] Foster had a "hugely exciting time" bringing the Horrible Histories book to life.[6] Horrible Histories book author Terry Deary guest starred as Zeus,[7][8] using pre-recorded vocals that were played in various productions.[9] A spokesperson from the show said that it was a solution to the age-old problem: ""We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!".[10]


The show included storylines such as Paris and Troy, the defeat of the Persians, the establishment of democracy, an introduction to the Greek Gods, and the first Olympic Games.[2]

Critical reception

York Press described the humour as "brilliantly irreverent and madcap", likening it to The Simpsons and Reeves & Mortimer.[11] Northhampton Herald & Post thought the show was an "exciting way to introduce history to the young".[4] Hampshire Chronicle deemed the show "Fast-paced, irreverent and very, very funny".[12] Cambridge News said the Horrible Histories stage shows were "always excellent", and thought Groovy Greeks was a prime example.[13] Blackpool Gazette said the show was "perfectly-pitched family fun".[14] Chelmsford Weekly News said the " main themes [were] cleverly presented in the style of our favourite tv shows".[15] South Wales Echo deemed it "exciting" and "unique".[16] Western Mail praised the show for being highly educational and entertaining simultaneously.[17]


  1. Udeh, Bea. "Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks & Incredible Invaders - LeftLion". www.leftlion.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  2. 1 2 "REVIEW: Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks, Theatre Royal Brighton - ★★★". The Argus. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  3. "Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton".
  4. 1 2 "Review: Horrible Histories: The Groovy Greeks at Royal & Derngate until Saturday June 11". 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  5. 1 2 "Ruthless Roman, Vicious Vikings – and Groovy Greeks! Horrible Histories invade York - YorkMix". 2016-06-13. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  6. "Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders on tour". 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  7. "Horrible Histories author Terry Deary returns to the stage after 65 years". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  8. "Horrible Histories Terry delighted to be the villain of the piece at Sunderland Empire". www.sunderlandecho.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  9. "Returning to the boards he trod 65 years ago; Horrible Histories fans have double cause for celebration, writes What's On Editor GORDON BARR. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  10. "History's horrible, but it's fun as well; HORRIBLE HISTORIES, DARLINGTON CIVIC THEATRE. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  11. "Review: Horrible Histories, Groovy Greeks, Grand Opera House, York, June 17". York Press. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  12. "REVIEW: Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton". Hampshire Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  13. "Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders review, Cambridge Arts Theatre". 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  14. "REVIEW: Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks". www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  15. "REVIEW: How did Horrible Histories fare when the Groovy Greeks came to Chelmsford?". Chelmsford Weekly News. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  16. "Horrible Histories returns with Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  17. "Making past fun for parents and kids; REVIEW: Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks, New Theatre, Cardiff. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
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