Horrible treats in store for kids

The cast of Horrible Histories on tour.
The cast of Horrible Histories on tour.

Beware! Ruthless Romans and Awful Egyptians are storming the Theatre Royal Nottingham from June 21-25.

Birmingham Stage Company’s productions of Horrible Histories are currently rampaging through Britain.

These hilarious and historically informative live theatre productions uncover all the really ‘yucky’ bits of history that teachers and serious books never tell you. Both shows use actors and Bogglevision 3D effects, helping the audience to feel what it was like to actually live in Roman Britain or Ancient Egypt.

In Ruthless Romans, you’ll find out how the Romans made murder into a sport in the Colosseum with more fouls than a Premiership football match. You’ll see eight evil emperors, killer kings, gory gladiators and grim ghouls. With incredible Bogglevision effects, you’ll feel what it was really like to be a Roman soldier in the greatest army ever seen, fighting fierce battles against hordes of grotty Celts – but watch out for those flaming arrows whizzing straight for your head.

In Awful Egyptians, you’ll learn the truth of Tutankhamun and his creepy curse and find out the fearsome facts about ‘phabulous pharaohs’, mean mummies and gruesome grave robbers. You’ll see how the Egyptians really lived 5,000 years ago – how dead bodies were turned into mummies and how the huge pyramids were built.

Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? Beware the Evil Eye of Horus - has it got its eye on you?

These two shows are adapted from Terry Deary’s best-selling Horrible Histories books. The British Comedy Award-winning TV adaptation is currently showing its second series on BBC TV.

Terry Deary is the world’s best selling non-fiction author for children and one of the most popular children’s authors in the country. He has written over 140 books, which have been translated into 30 different languages from China to Brazil. In 2003, all ten children’s non-fiction books in the Bookseller charts were by Deary and in both 2003 and 2004 he was the most borrowed non-fiction author (children or adult books) in British libraries.

Ticket prices to see Horrible Histories during the Birmingham Stage Company’s visit to the Theatre Royal are £9-£16 (plus concessions). Call the box office for more details on 0115 989 5555.