TWO new Horrible Histories shows, Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks, are heading for York this summer.

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 in Birmingham Stage Company’s new Horrible Histories stage shows at the Grand Opera House from June 14 to 18.

Courtesy of the Cumberland Street theatre, What's On has a family ticket – two adults, two children – to be won for the 7pm show on June 16, and the prize also includes a goody bag and a book, Gorgeous Georgians.

In Incredible Invaders, the Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invade Britain. Can crazy Caratacus 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.

Groovy Greeks takes the audience 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 deliver "history with the nasty bits left in" and the educational and entertaining shows combine actors with 3D Bogglevision special effects.

Writer and director Neal Foster says: "I've 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 special amazing 3D effects that provide a spectacular way for both children and adults to enter these extraordinary historical periods.”

Tickets can be booked on 0844 871 3024 or at atgtickets/com/york

Competition question: Who wrote the Incredible Invaders and Groovy Greeks shows?

Send your answer with your name, address and daytime phone number, either on a postcard to Charles Hutchinson, Horrible Histories Competition, The Press, 76-86 Walmgate, York, YO1 9YN, or by emailing, by February 12. Usual competition rules apply.