Historically hysterical

The Pantaloons
The Pantaloons

The complete history of Britain as you’ve never seen it before will be coming to Canons Ashby House next week.

The Pantaloons Theatre Company are performing at the stately home as part of a UK wide tour with their show the History of Britain.

With mud, blood and stiff upper-lips, The Pantaloons’ History of Britain presents the country’s past in madcap style on Friday, August 1.

Join a breathless race through the centuries in this delightfully inventive open-air show that tells the story of Britain in under two hours.

Harold II and William the Conqueror don’t see eye to eye. Henry VIII decides five marriages just isn’t enough. Queen Victoria is most certainly not amused...

This historically hysterical show is packed with a wide range of songs, sketches and silliness and is suitable for all ages.

It is a far cry from the theatre group’s humble origins.

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons began life 10 years ago as an open-air theatre company, busking plays for donations in parks and on the streets, where they developed an attention-grabbing, interactive and playful performance style.

Mark Hayward, a founding member of the company and the co-writer of the play, said: “We characterise our work as post-modern folk theatre.

“We take well-loved tales – in this case stories from history – and give them a contemporary twist, making them accessible for new audiences and showing seasoned fans something that they perhaps had not seen in them before.”

The Pantaloons have picked up plenty of loyal followers and a lot of critical acclaim and have quickly become one of the country’s most prolific touring companies – and even they’re not entirely sure how and when that happened.

In true Pantaloons tradition the show will include plenty of original live music, puppetry, audience participation and improvisation.

Mark added: “The show will feature some more serious moments.

“There’s some quite moving stuff in there that we really wanted to treat with a lot of respect.

“Of course, there is also a rich vein of comedy to mine in the history of Britain and we’ll be squeezing out every last drop!

“So pack a picnic, jump in your time machine, bring the whole family and be prepared for the theatrical event of the millennia.”

The gates open for the show at 5.30pm and families are welcome to take a picnic along prior to the start of the show at 6pm.

Tickets for the show cost £12.50 for adults, £8 for children or alternatively a family ticket can be booked for £35.

They can be booked by calling Canons Ashby House on 01327 861903 or by emailing canonsashby@nationaltrust.org.uk.

For further information and to find out where else The Pantaloons will be performing on their tour, visit www.thepantaloons.co.uk.