Terrible Tudors, King’s Theatre, Glasgow ***
This month, both the Terrible Tudors and the Awful Eygptians are visiting Scotland; and if you can bear up bravely to the fact that the Terrible Tudors has been adapted not at all for Scottish audiences, who find themselves addressed as a 16th-century English crowd throughout, then there is huge amount of fun and ingenuity to be enjoyed in Benedict Martin and Neal Foster’s production, performed with zest by Simon Nock, Izaak Cainer, Lisa Allen and Jamie Sheasby.
One of the most striking aspects of the play is its liberal use of panto techniques to tell the story; there’s loads of slapstick, plenty of booing, some silly arithmetic, and even a sing-song competition. The overall message is that the Tudors were a notably bloody bunch, who chopped off people’s heads without a second thought; and as we all don our 3-D goggles for the second half, and enjoy the odd gunpowder explosion and burning at the stake, there are plenty of laughs and shrieks to revel in, if not much historical nuance.
King’s Theatre, Glasgow, until tomorrow and King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 13-16 June