From 9th May Neal Foster and Alison Fitzjohn will take over the roles of Rex and Queenie in HORRIBLE HISTORIES – BARMY BRITAIN at the Garrick Theatre.
Birmingham Stage Company's HORRIBLE HISTORIES – BARMY BRITAIN had its world premiere in 'Loathsome London' in February and since then has become the longest running daytime children's theatre in modern West End history.
Now the founder of Birmingham Stage Company, Actor/Manager Neal Foster who co-wrote and directed the show, will take to the stage as Rex for twelve weeks. Neal's theatre roles include Dr Ratner in THE DICE HOUSE at The Arts Theatre, Iago in OTHELLO at The Bloomsbury Theatre and the title role in SKELLIG at the The New Victory Theatre, New York.
Alison has worked often for the Birmingham Stage Company, touring nationally in HORRIBLE HISTORIES: ROTTEN ROMANS and AWFUL EGYPTIANS and internationally in GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE, HORRIBLE HISTORIES: VILE VICTORIANS and TERRIBLE TUDORS. She has just performed with Bristol Old Vic in GOOD CLOWN, BAD CLOWN and has worked in three consecutive Christmas shows at the Princes Hall in Aldershot where she was awarded Best Villain by Encore Magazine.
HORRIBLE HISTORIES – BARMY BRITAIN is written by Terry Deary, Neal Foster and Ciaran McConville. Terry Deary, the creator of Horrible Histories, is one of Britain's best-selling authors of the 21st Century and the tenth most-borrowed author in British libraries. There are around 50 Horrible Histories titles with total sales of 25 million in 40 countries. He is also the author of over 200 fiction and non-fiction books for young people.
The Birmingham Stage Company is one of the UK's leading producers of theatre for children, adults and families. It is the resident company of The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham where its shows are first created, then tour nationally and internationally. The BSC has been touring HORRIBLE HISTORIES for six years throughout the UK, Ireland, Dubai and Hong Kong. The company recently enjoyed its New York debut with its production of SKELLIG at The New Victory Theatre where the New York Times described it as "Flawlessly acted". The Birmingham Stage Company celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Ciaran McConville is an associate director at Rose Theatre Kingston with many writing credits including SNOWBOUND at Trafalgar Studios.
HORRIBLE HISTORIES – BARMY BRITAIN is directed by Neal Foster, with design by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagar and music by Matthew Scott.
Horrible Histories-Barmy Britain is playing at the GARRICK THEATRE, Charing Cross Road, London from Tuesday 14th February 2012 at Wednesday – Friday 1pm, Saturday 10.30am, 12 Noon and Sunday 3pm, 5pm. Tickets are £14.50, £12.50 & £10 from 0844 482 9673. Running time: 1 hour.
Recommended age: 6+.