Truly 'horrible' Christmas to have premiere at Derby Theatre
FAMED for making history fun for children, Horrible Histories is now bringing a truly "horrible" Christmas to the stage in Derby.
Derby Theatre will host the world premiere of Horrible Christmas, penned by Horrible Histories author Terry Deary.
The book will come alive as Derby Theatre and the Birmingham Stage Company – the team that created this year's Charlotte's Web – co-produce the never-before-seen "horrible" festive show.
Find out why making Christmas pudding used to be a crime, sing rude pantomime songs, shudder at cruel yule customs, learn how to get rid of those irritating carol singers and get ready to have a very happy – or should that be horrible? – Christmas.
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Gary Johnson, Derby Theatre general manager, said: "After the sell-out success of two Horrible Histories stage productions at Derby Theatre last year, we are extremely excited about this Christmas collaboration with world-renowned author Terry Deary and Birmingham Stage Company.
"We feel honoured to be the venue that will present the world premiere production of Horrible Christmas.
"It guarantees to contain the usual mix of jokes, lashings of gore and a festive-related, spiced-up look at the past, which adults and children alike seem to adore about Terry's stories."
With directors, creative teams and actors not yet cast, it is unknown what exactly will happen when the show takes to the boards, though it is safe to say Christmas will never be the same again.
The "horrible" version of Christmas sees children waiting for Father Christmas as the presents lie beneath the tree, then a fat old man slides down the chimney and nicks the lot – maybe this is the real meaning of old Saint Nick?
But one small boy spots the snatcher and sets off to save Christmas – from wartime austerity to Tudor cruelty back to Herod's massacre of the innocents and the Dark Ages. Can Christmas be saved for the world?
Terry's Horrible Histories series of books have spawned a BBC television series as well as theatre tours.
There are about 60 titles, including Frightful First World War, Woeful Second World War, Groovy Greeks, Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors, Slimy Stuarts and Vicious Vikings. The books have sold 25 million copies in 40 different countries.
The show will be on from December 6 this year until January 11, 2014. Tickets will cost between £9 and £22.
For details, call the box office on 01332 593939 or go to www.derbytheatre.co.uk