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FAMILY FUN: Horrible Histories theatre show heads to County Durham

FAMILY FUN: Horrible Histories theatre show heads to County Durham

Horrible Histories - Admiral Lord Nelson

Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria are just some of the well-known characters heading to County Durham as part of the Horrible Histories UK tour.  

Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians arrives at Wharton Park in Durham City for four, outdoor performances on Friday 23 July at 4.30pm and 7pm and Saturday 24 July at 11am and 2pm.

The hilarious hit show will take audiences on a gag-filled gallop through two centuries of British history in the picturesque setting of the Durham County Council park.

Written by the world’s best-selling non-fiction children’s author, Terry Deary and one of the country’s leading producers of theatre for children, Neal Foster, the show concentrates on the gory, silly, naughty, strange and disgusting aspects of the 18th and 19th centuries that teachers do not always share at school.

Describing the two man show as “Monty Python meets history”, Neal said: “The show is great fun as well as informative, full of funny jokes and silly songs and a perfect afternoon of family theatre.

“We always love coming to the North East with Horrible Histories as it’s the home of the creator Terry Deary. To be playing outdoors is also an extra thrill, so we cannot wait to present Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians in Durham this July. It’s going to be horrible.”

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, which includes culture, said: “It’s wonderful to see live performances taking place in the county again and this show is the perfect treat for families after such a difficult year.

“Not only will it keep youngsters entertained and give them some funny stories to share with their friends, but it will teach them about important periods of British history in a truly memorable way.”

The performances will be staged in the park’s amphitheatre, with seating on the surrounding grass banks. Ticket holders are advised to bring a blanket to sit on and waterproofs in case of showers, and to arrive and park early. Limited paid for parking will be available at Wharton Park and there will be ample free parking at County Hall, which is a ten-minute walk away. The park café will be open for refreshments.

The amphitheatre does not have a roof, but performances will only be cancelled if there is a safety concern for audiences, staff or the theatre company.

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