Children’s Favourite Horrible Histories Comes to Festival Car Park Party

Henley Festival have announced that Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain will be part of their Car Park Party performed by the Birmingham Stage Company with two shows on Saturday 11 July.

Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain features Queen Boudicca, King Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Queen Victoria and a special guest appearance by King Richard III, who in 1485 famously bought a long-stay ticket for a car park in Leicester.

Based on the best-selling books written by Terry Deary and published by Scholastic, first launched in 2005 with the world premieres of Terrible Tudors & Vile Victorians. Since then the Birmingham Stage Company has produced eighteen different Horrible shows, performing to over three million people in the UK, including the longest running children’s show in West End history, with its record-breaking series Barmy Britain.

Neal Foster, Actor/Manager of the Birmingham Stage Company said, We’re delighted to be taking part in this exciting, innovative and crazy venture. We’ve played the West End, Broadway and the Sydney Opera House so its brilliant to be able to bring our West End hit Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain back to a stage, albeit an unusual one – I’m sure we’ll never forget playing a car park at Henley Festival. We’re excited to see what it will be like playing to an audience of cars, so let’s get those windscreen wipers waving and emergency lights flashing. Britain has never been so barmy and Horrible Histories is revving up!

Nick Mattingley, CEO Henley Festival, commented, “Being able to bring Horrible Histories to our Car Park Party in July is a true privilege. One wonders what gruesomeness they will reveal. Buckle up Henley for Barmy Britain.”

The Car Park Party will be taking place over four nights on Lion Meadow.  Starting with two nights of comedy from the Comedy Store (two performances each night) and Saturday night featuring two Karaoke parties – A night at the Musicals and Back to the 80s (sold out).  Sunday night’s line up is still to be announced.

Tickets are priced £30 + booking fee and can be booked via