Horrible Histories to go on car park tour

Published: 27 May 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

In the driving seat: Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Birmingham Stage Company has announced that its production based on Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain is to go on a drive-in tour of car parks across the UK.

Audiences will witness the show from the comfort of their own car, with sound transmitted through the car's radio. The production will play Henley Festival at Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire on Saturday 11 July 2020. Further dates are to be announced.

Horrible Histories—Barmy Britain features Queen Boudicca, King Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Queen Victoria and a special guest appearance by King Richard III “who in 1485 famously bought a long-stay ticket for a car park in Leicester”.

Neal Foster, actor / manager of Birmingham Stage Company, said, “we're delighted to be taking part in this exciting, innovative and crazy venture.

“We've played the West End, Broadway and the Sydney Opera House so it's brilliant to be able to bring our West End hit Horrible Histories—Barmy Britain back to a stage, albeit an unusual one. I'm sure we'll never forget playing a car park.

“We're excited to see what it will be like playing to an audience of cars, so let's get those windscreen wipers waving, car horns blaring and emergency lights flashing. Britain has never been so barmy and Horrible Histories is revving up!”

It will be the inaugural production in the Car Park Party season presented by the Coalition Agency. Its chief executive Guy Robinson commented, “we've been fans of Horrible Histories Live on Stage for a long time and are thrilled to be working with Birmingham Stage Company on this unique tour. Whether you arrive in a Rolls Royce or an old banger, you'll be in the fast lane for fun without moving an inch!"

Tickets will cost £30 plus a £2.50 booking fee per car.