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Preview: Horrible Histories Sunderland Empire

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Sunderland Empire
Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th July 2016


Thousands of years after the Ruthless Romans, Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings stormed ashore on the coast of Britain and the Gruesome Greeks competed in the first ever Olympic Games, you can relive those horribly exciting times by bringing your family to see Birmingham Stage Company’s brand new Horrible Histories stage shows coming to Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 12th– Saturday 16th July 2016.

Terry Deary
Horrible Histories author Terry Deary will also return to the Sunderland Empire stage after treading the boards 65 years ago! Terry Deary will play the part of Zeus the King of the Greek Gods live on stage (only at Sunderland Empire) for performances of Groovy Greeks.

Terry Deary, Horrible Histories author said: “My voice has been touring with the show based on my “Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks” as I pre-recorded the voice of Zeus. I made my debut as a performer at the Sunderland Empire about 65 years ago. When I saw this year’s tour of “Groovy Greeks” ends its run at the Empire I begged the producer to let me appear on that stage in person. There can’t be many Sunderland City Ambassadors who’ve appeared there as an actor!”

Birmingham Stage Company’s are returning to Sunderland with  their new Horrible Histories stage shows, Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks, as with their previously hugely popular Horrible Histories productions both these shows use actors and 3D Bogglevision special effects. Following their UK tour they will then visit theatres further afield in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai during 2016.

In INCREDIBLE INVADERS the Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invaded Britain. Can crazy Caratacus can save the nation? Hide behind Hadrian’s Wall and witness the Savage Saxons smash their way in. Can you stop King Alfred burning his buns? Discover who’s at Sutton Hoo and survive the Vicious Vikings as they sail into the audience. It’s a thousand year journey with Incredible Invaders!

Groovy Greeks
GROOVY GREEKS takes us from savage Sparta to angry Athens to discover the truth about growing up in Greece. Take on the Trojans and pummel the Persians! Compete in the first ever Olympic Games and appear in the very first play!  Meet your match with the Minotaur and be zapped by Zeus! Hold on tight as you gatecrash the gruesome and Groovy Greeks!

Writer and Director Neal Foster said: “I had a hugely exciting time bringing the Groovy Greeks to life in Horrible Histories style and loved shining the spotlight on Celtic, Roman, Saxon and Viking life in Incredible Invaders. Both shows feature special amazing 3D effects that provide a spectacular way for both children and adults to enter these extraordinary historical periods.”

Are Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks BSC’s best Horrible Histories theatre shows yet? Designed to both entertain and educate their audiences from ages 5 to 105! Come and goggle at the goings on of those Groovy Greeks and let the Incredible Invaders ignite your imaginations to learn more about our island’s early history.

It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

Tickets on sale now and available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on
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