Hertford Theatre, Hertford
7.00pm, 25 July 2018
“So St Alban was actually executed in St Albans, what are the chances of that?!
And so the chuckling began.
It’s the ability of the Horrible Histories team to be really silly and show how crazy our history is, yet provide their audiences with the correct historical facts that makes their shows so enjoyable.
Barmy Britain (Part 4) even says you’ll feel better after watching because however barmy you think 21st Century UK is, you’ll be comforted to know that it always has been. And it worked!
Two actors, Neal Foster and Anthony Spargo, who had bags of energy and spot on comic timing showed us snippets of history including Mary Tudor and Mary Queen of Scots arguing, Elizabeth 1 enduring her terrible teeth, Samuel Pepys burying his cheese in the garden during the Great Fire of London, bizarre Georgian forensic techniques and the work of the Victorian night soil men – who basically collected poo.
In fact, references to poo run throughout the show – always a winner with youngsters, and husbands too it would seem!
It was a riot – I was aching with laughter at one point – especially as Mr Spargo occasionally reminded me of the legendary Rik Mayall – and I don’t say that lightly. V, 8,was also LOLing and not just at the poo. Vik the Viking -can he fix it? – was also a winner as well as all the physical humour.
There’s lots of audience participation without it being cringy and all in all it’s a highly entertaining hour of fun for all ages – plus you learn stuff as well!