Uh oh, did you know? There’s a big jolly guy dressed up in red who’s threatening to ruin the holidays. It’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he rescue Christmas in time?
The Horrible Histories team are famous for making history come alive for kids, using plenty of humour and heaps of gore.
We sent comedian Tony Law and his crew, Storm, Atticus (9) and Tora (9) along to the newly reopened Alexander Palace Theatre, to review HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS, the Horrible Histories Christmas show. Here’s what they thought:
Horrible Histories Christmas Review
Reviewed by Tony Law and family
Are you fans of the Horrible Histories series?
Yes! We love it. We love the books and the TV show.
Have you seen a Horrible Histories show before?
No but we’ve been to Warwick Castle and had fun in the Horrible Histories maze!
Did you have any expectations before the show and did it live up to them?
We thought it would be funny and it was hilarious.
Can you briefly describe what the Horrible Histories Christmas show was about?
A Christmas journey! Time travel fun. The best of the funs!! Time travel rocks.
What was your favourite part of the show?
The transport transitions!!?!! Oooh and the sing a long. We loved the singing!
Were there any funny bits or surprises?
We were expecting short sketches like the TV show so the play was a complete surprise. It
felt like a really brilliant take on a traditional panto.
Did you learn anything new/interesting about history?
Loads! That in Tudor times they stuffed their Turkeys with chicken and stuffed their
chicken with Pheasant and stuffed their pheasant with Pigeon!!!
What was the show like from a grown-up perspective?
We thought it was very well written, loads of fun facts thrown in. Fantastic hidden
history lessons. Brilliant humour, costumes and performances.
What did the kids think?
They loved it. Tora says: ‘I loved so many characters, the baddy was hilarious and the boy who lead the story was such a good actor. The singing was my favourite part.’
Would you recommend the show to your friends?
How would you rate the show?
10 out of 10.
What ages do you think the show is best suited to?
8+ but us adults loved it and we saw plenty of younger kids having a ball.
What do you think of the Ally Pally theatre revamp?
Loved the way they’d left so many of the raw original features. It had the same feel as Wilton’s
Music Hall. Very atmospheric!
Horrible Christmas is at Alexander Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7BB (Wood Green tube). Aimed at ages 4 to 104. Varying shows from 10.30am, 11am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 6.30pm, 7pm; £11.15-£35.35 (Dec 13-30)