REVIEW: Horrible Christmas (Alexandra Palace Theatre) ★★★★

The theatre at Alexandra Palace has re-opened after 80 years; the splendid Victorian theatre is back to wow audiences and its festive production is Horrible Christmas from the producers of the Horrible Histories stage shows and Olivier award nominated Gangsta Granny.

Fans of Horrible Histories will know what to expect, and they won’t be disappointed with the songs, jokes, historical facts and talk of poo and bums.

The show takes us with Watson (Tom Cawte), a young boy excited about Christmas, on an adventure through the history of the festive season. Together we meet Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol; Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan chums cancelling Christmas; Henry VIII eating the first Christmas turkey, generous St Nicholas and the very first Christmas. At every turn, wicked Sydney Clause (Chris Gunter) is there, trying to spoil the fun with his side-kick, Rudolph (Ashley Bowden), complete with his glowing red nose. Can Watson save Christmas past, present and future with the help of Shirley Holmes (Erika Poole) and her time travelling scooter.

Neal Foster, Laura Dalgleish, Erika Poole Natalie Simone and Ed Allenby work hard in this romp through history, with multiple roles and costumes, all delivered with high energy and good humour.

Horrible Histories is a lot of fun for all the family. There’s lots going on, plenty of opportunities to join in with singing and shouting and more than one nod to panto. If you like your Christmas shows to come with a few facts and plenty of farts, get yourself a ticket.

Reviewed by Rhiannon Evans


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