Bring the whole family to enjoy this festive adventure as Horrible Histories presents the terrific tale of Christmas. It’s a celebration in the most wonderful, funny and moving way you’ll ever see!
‘A flash, bang, wallop of a production!’ – British Theatre Guide
‘That rare gem of a family show that genuinely appeals to all ages from four years old
upwards. If you think you know about Christmas, this show will make you think again!’ – Manchester Theatre Awards
TEN HORRIBLE FACTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS
- William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day but when the guards
outside heard a huge cheer they thought a rebellion had started and burnt all the
houses in the area.
- In Greenland they eat a Christmas delicacy called Kiviak which is the body of a
seal filled with hundreds of small birds left to ferment for three months.
- In 1644 the Puritans banned Christmas, mince pies and going to church (unless
it was a Sunday) and ordered all shops to stay open.
- In a town in Sweden the people celebrate Christmas by burning down a giant figure of a goat.
- The reason that carol singers knock on your door and pester you is because Medieval priests threw them out of the church, so ever since they sing outside houses instead.
- An old English custom was to beat children on 28 December to remind them of Herod’s cruelty in massacring all the babies in Bethlehem.
- Nativity scenes in Catalonia feature a character doing a poo.
- The Good King Wenceslas celebrated in the carol was a duke not a king and was chopped into pieces by his mother and brother.
- The first ever bomb to land on British soil was dropped by a German airship at Christmas 1914.
- Brussels sprouts are first mentioned in books in 1587 and children have had to suffer them at Christmas ever since.
VENUES & DATES
11th December Birmingham Symphony Hall, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Tickets from £14.50-£33.50
20th December Manchester The Bridgewater Hall, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Tickets from £20-£33.50
27-30 th December London Barbican Hall, 2pm
Tickets from £16.50-£30.00