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Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors at Mayflower Southampton

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April 25, 2019

If there is one show that sparks the interest of all three kids, it has to be Horrible Histories.

Fresh from seeing the Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, tonight we went to see Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors at the Mayflower, Southampton.

Horrible Histories on stage is brought to life by the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company and we got a fantastically enjoyable history lesson from Dr Dee and his pupils Drab and Dross who take on the roles of all of the key characters.

Despite being just three of them on stage, they had the kids transfixed by their raucous recap of the lives and times of Henry Tudor, Henry VIII, his six wives, King Edward VI, Bloody Mary Elizabeth I, and Mary Queen of Scots.


There were quick costume changes, slapstick humour, re-written pop songs and a few toilet references that kept the audience chuckling throughout the performance.

I was a bit worried that Sebby was going to be scared, as the Tudors were not a pleasant bunch, but he wasn’t phased at all and loved the audience sing / dance along section about the respective fates of the six wives of Henry VIII.

The first half lasts 45 minutes before a 15 minute interval where you are given some “safety goggles” which are actually 3D glasses. The second half of the show dedicates itself to Henry’s children and saw us escaping from Tudor jail before dodging explosives, cannon balls and flying timber as the Spanish Armada sails on to the backdrop screen for its moment of reckoning in the English Channel.

Horrible Histories is at Southampton Mayflower with two shows: Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians until 28th April.

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    April 25, 2019

    My older two children love the Horrible Histories books and TV series, I’ll have to see if this is heading over to Norwich

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    April 25, 2019

    This sounds fantastic!!! My children loved Horrible Histories on tv and to see the show would be even better. Glad Sebby was okay 🙂

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    Clare Nicholas

    April 25, 2019

    I keep meaning to book up to see one of these shows for the kids, I’m sure they would love it

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    Laura Schwormstedt

    April 26, 2019

    Oh wow I bet this was loads of fun!! My kids love Horrible Histories and would really enjoy this
    Laura x

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    April 26, 2019

    My eldest daughter would love this, she is into the Tudors at the moment. It sounds like a good length for kids too!

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    April 26, 2019

    Great review here. I can see your kids had a lovely time watching this.

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    Melanie williams

    April 28, 2019

    What a fab idea. An interactive way to learn and a night out at the theatre too xx

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    April 29, 2019

    My girls watch this on the telly and love it!! So I can imagine how fun it would be as a theatre show! Fab review and glad yours loved it too

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    Jess Howliston

    May 22, 2019

    This sounds amazing! My son is absolutely hooked on watching every possible episode of Horrible Histories he can find so I know he would love this! I will definitely check it out, thanks for sharing! x

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