Horrible Histories

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On Sunday 16th July 2017, Horrible Histories “Live On Stage” will be coming to Pembroke Castle with the hit show The Best of Barmy Britain.  This will be a fantastic finale to our ‘Rock The Castle’ weekend. 

You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the TV programme, now watch history in all its horrible glory come to life, live on stage!

It has been over twenty years since the Horrible Histories franchise catapulted itself into our schools and living rooms, making yawn-worthy yesteryear a thing of the past.  Since Terry Deary first penned The Terrible Tudors and The Awful Egyptians, Horrible Histories have gone from strength to strength, from sticker books to appearing on our TV screens in CBBC’s BAFTA Children’s Award and British Comedy Award-winning series, and a BBC six-part series aimed at adults and hosted by Stephen Fry, and Deary remains one of the most popular living children’s author.

Now see Birmingham Stage Company’s world-touring stage performance of two thousand years of British History, right here in Pembroke Castle!


We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage featuring all your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past!

Could you beat battling Boudicca? Will King John be a martyr for the Magna Carta? Will you lose your heart or your head to Henry VIII? Can Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Light up your life with the great fire of London! Stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria!

It’s the history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!


 “As gleefully vulgar as a Roman poo stick!  It’s perfectly horrid and my daughter loved it” – The Daily Mail

“If lessons were always like this, kids would be queuing up at the school gates every morning.  Be thrilled!” – The Times

“Horrible Histories brings the bloody story of Britain throbbingly alive in this hilarious show from the excellent Birmingham Stage Company.  Bloody, marvellous stuff!” – The Daily Express


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*please note that there are two separate performances


1st performance £14:00 per ticket (no concessions)

2nd performance £14:00 per ticket (no concessions)

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 25 November 2016 at 10am, and will be available online or from the Pembroke Castle Gift Shop.



There will be two separate performances during the day and a ticket will allow access only to the performance you have selected.

1st Performance

Gates will open at 11:00am and there will be a number of support acts before Horrible Histories take to the stage at approximately 1:00pm.  The event will end at around 2:45pm.  (please be aware that these timings could be subject to change).

2nd Performance

Gates will open at 3:30pm and there will be a number of support acts before Horrible Histories take to the stage at approximately 5:30pm.  The event will end at around 7:00pm.  (please be aware that these timings could be subject to change).


Extra Information

This will be a ‘Picnic Style’ event.  So feel free to bring with you a folding chair, blanket, food and drink items.  There will also be a variety of food and drink outlets available throughout the day.  There are a number of prohibited items including tents and gazebos.  Please click here to read the full Terms and Conditions before purchasing.

Also note that this is an outdoor event and that it would be wise to dress appropriately for the weather.


Park & Ride

We will be providing a free park and ride service to the venue and details on this will be published nearer the date.


Disabled Viewing Area

There will also be a Disabled Viewing Area in view of the stage which will be available to registered disabled concert-goers plus one carer.  You may be asked to provide a blue badge to gain access.  Within this area will be a disabled toilet facility and folding chairs.