Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors is a 2005[1] stage show which is part of the Horrible Histories franchise. It is one of the "Live on Stage" theatre shows produced by the Birmingham Stage Company. It was released alongside Horrible Histories: Vile Victorians.[2] The running time for both shows is "approximately 2 hours including a 15-minute interval".[3] Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians in bogglevision visited theatres around Britain in 2010 in a production from the Birmingham Stage Company. These plays were written by Terry and were a hit in their 2006 tour.[4] The show premiered at the Civic Theatre, Darlington on 20 Sep 2005.[5]

The stage show is directed by Phil Clark, written by Terry Deary, and produced by the Birmingham Stage Company. It was designed by Jacqueline Trousdale, its music is by Matthew Scott, and the 3D Bogglevision special effects are by Amazing Interactives. Its Regent Theatre cast included: Pip Chamberlin, Lynette Clarke, Laura Crowhurst, and Simon Lloyd.[6]


British Theatre Guide wrote "Terrible Tudors is yet another historical hit from the Birmingham Stage Company. Not only do they demonstrate that history can be fun, but that Theatre in Education is so much more than morals and messages. History, by its very nature, is theatrical and with a never ending stream of possible topics, long may Horrible Histories continue to enlighten and frighten its audience."[7] The Stage said "The central performances are suitably indelicate and very funny...Young children should prepare for a scare; these effects knock your socks off just when you were thinking it was all jaw and no gore."[6]

Carole Green of the BBC reviewed the Terrible Tudors play at the Grand Opera House, York (2006).[8] She wrote "It was a wonderful evening, very funny and educational without realising it."


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