Win a family ticket to step back in time with Horrible Histories at the Sunderland Empire

Thousands of years after the Ruthless Romans, Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings stormed ashore on the coast of Britain and the Gruesome Greeks competed in the first ever Olympic Games.

You can relive those horribly exciting times with Birmingham Stage Company’s brand new Horrible Histories stage shows coming to Sunderland Empire from 12-16 July 2016.

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 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!

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary will also return to the Sunderland Empire stage after treading the boards 65 years ago! Terry Deary will play the part of Zeus the King of the Greek Gods live on stage (only at Sunderland Empire) for performances of Groovy Greeks.

Terry Deary, Horrible Histories author said:

“My voice has been touring with the show based on my “Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks” as I pre-recorded the voice of Zeus. I made my debut as a performer at the Sunderland Empire about 65 years ago. When I saw this year’s tour of “Groovy Greeks” ends its run at the Empire I begged the producer to let me appear on that stage in person. There can’t be many Sunderland City Ambassadors who’ve appeared there as an actor!”

Are Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks BSC’s best Horrible Histories theatre shows yet? Designed to both entertain and educate their audiences from ages 5 to 105! Come and goggle at the goings on of those Groovy Greeks and let the Incredible Invaders ignite your imaginations to learn more about our island’s early history.

To win a family ticket to see Horrible Histories Incredible Invaders at Sunderland Empire on Thursday 14 July simply tell us… What is the name of the author behind the Horrible Histories books?

You can email your answer to or you can enter via our Twitter and Facebook pages. We’ll choose the winner at 3pm on Friday 8 July, 2016.

Competition T&Cs: The winner will receive one family ticket (two adults, two children) to the performance of Incredible Invaders on Thursday 14 July at 7pm at Sunderland Empire plus a goody bag which includes Horrible Histories books (Vicious Vikings and Terrifying Tudors). Tickets non-transferable and no monetary value will be given.

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Did you know?

St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth formed part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, which was home to the author of the first history of England, the Venerable Bede.


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