Ruthless Roman, Vicious Vikings – and Groovy Greeks! Horrible Histories invade York

Horrible Histories

Grand Opera House, York

Tue June 14-Sat June 18

£14.65-£19.65

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Hundreds of years since York was overrun by the Ruthless Romans, Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings, they’re about to invade again.

Those horrifically exciting times are being recreated at the Grand Opera House stage in two brand new Horrible Histories stage shows.

Birmingham Stage Company’s Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks uses actors and 3D Bogglevision special effects combine to bring the past to gruesome life.

Incredible Invaders

Invading York. Photograph: Ian Tilton
Invading York. Photograph: Ian Tilton

In Incredible Invaders the Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invaded Britain. Can crazy Caratacus can save the nation?

Hide behind Hadrian’s Wall and witness the Savage Saxons smash their way in. Can you stop King Alfred burning his buns?

Discover who’s at Sutton Hoo and survive the Vicious Vikings as they sail into the audience. It’s a thousand year journey with Incredible Invaders!

Groovy Greeks

It's a marathon not a sprint, with the Groovy Greeks. Photograph: Ian Tilton
It’s a marathon not a sprint, with the Groovy Greeks. Photograph: Ian Tilton

The second stage show takes us from savage Sparta to angry Athens to discover the truth about growing up in Greece.

Take on the Trojans and pummel the Persians… Compete in the first ever Olympic Games and appear in the very first play.

Meet your match with the Minotaur and be zapped by Zeus! Hold on tight as you gatecrash the gruesome and Groovy Greeks!

Neal Foster in Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders. Photograph: Mark Douet
Neal Foster in Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders. Photograph: Mark Douet

It’s history with the nasty bits left in.

Writer and Director Neal Foster said:

I had a hugely exciting time bringing the Groovy Greeks to life in Horrible Histories style and loved shining the spotlight on Celtic, Roman, Saxon and Viking life in Incredible Invaders.

Both shows feature amazing 3D special effects that provide a spectacular way for both children and adults to enter these extraordinary historical periods.