29 Jul 2015 - 15 Aug 2015

A Little History of the World


“Impossible not to enjoy… take your teenagers.”

The Times


“... a perfect summer holiday family treat”

Whats on Stage

“A highly enjoyable production that deserves a longer run and perhaps a London transfer. Highly recommended.”

British Theatre Guide

Written by Toby Hulse

Based on the work by E.H. Gombrich

As translated into English by Caroline Mustill

Directed by Paul Stacey

Produced with The Watermill Theatre

This world premiere adaptation based on the international bestseller takes us on a light-hearted, whistle-stop tour through the centuries from the big bang to the present day. Meet colourful, historical figures, take to the great battlefields, marvel at fabulous works of art and ground-breaking scientific discoveries. Join us on a fun-filled trip through time and discover the extraordinary achievements of mankind and its frailties.

At 26, Ernst Gombrich, a brilliant but unemployed academic, is invited to write an entire history of the world. In just six weeks! The book he writes is an instant success, becomes an international bestseller and is published in 25 languages. Join him, Ilse and Otto as they lead you with infectious enthusiasm through the fascinating, entertaining and heart-warming history of the world.


Alasdair Buchan headshot
Alasdair Buchan

as Ernst

Richard Ede headshot
Richard Ede

as Otto

Jess Mabel Jones headshot
Jess Mabel Jones

as Ilse