The sketches add a distinctly modern flavour to this highly unusual history lesson. There is the ancient Roman version of Master Chef, ‘Manky Chef’ (featuring a great impression of Greg Wallace who probably would have done well in B.C. Britain); a spoof of Undercover Boss where Elizabeth I descends into the slums of Tudor England and ends up boogieing to ‘I Got A Feeling’ with Will.i.am Shakespeare; an old-school TOWIE; and – most ridiculous of all – a rapping Charles II with a slightly suspect Jamaican accent (think less Restoration, and more ‘Res-tah-ray-shun').
There is also, of course, much audience participation but, mercifully, not the kind that makes you want to slip underneath your seat and vanish without a trace. The actors seem to be having such a good time on stage that, in fact, you almost (almost) want to get picked.
The sound effects team does a lot of work here, helping to carry much of the humour along. As with the actors, who never put a foot wrong even in their dance routines, the timing is impeccable.
While this is only the condensed ‘greatest hits’ Barmy Britain, let’s hope they bring back the full-length version soon.
|What||Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain, Garrick Theatre|
|Where||Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
04 Aug 17 – 02 Sep 17, Monday 2pm & 4pm; Wednesday - Friday 11.30am; Saturday 10am & 12pm; Sunday 10am & 12pm
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|