The York Dungeon has introduced a new show to its entertainment offering, featuring a notorious character from Yorkshire’s Celtic history - Cartimandua, the Queen of the Brigantes.

The new character is the first in the Dungeon’s Yorkshire Rogues & Legends shows, a series of new shows for 2018 exploring famous characters from the county’s history. Margaret Clitherow and Richard III are to join the shows later this year.

The hope is that the shows will shed new light on ‘under-appreciated’ characters from history, who have just as much relevance as their more famous counterparts.

Cartimandua was the queen of the Celtic Kingdom Brigantia, which would later become Yorkshire. But rather than fight against the Roman invaders, like the well-known Warrior Queen Boudica, Cartimandua sided with the enemy, and made sure to hand any traitors over to them.

“Cartimandua is a larger-than-life character from Yorkshire’s history” commented performance supervisor, Richard Barker. “Not only did she side with Rome, but when her fellow Celts came to her for sanctuary, she would simply hand them over to the Romans instead, and would be rewarded handsomely for it too.”

According to the York Dungeon, the show will blend humour and scares with new special effects, characters and gags for audiences to enjoy.

“Our new show has some absolutely hilarious, new surprises, and lots of audience participation” continued Richard. “Make sure you look as innocent as possible, as one traitor from the group will be found, and punished”.

Other characters at the York Dungeon include the highway man, the torturer and the plague doctor. The Dungeon experience overall comprises a 75-minute journey into more than 2,000 years of York's history, with ten live shows.

Group travel organisers booking for ten or more people can benefit from discounted entry rates. Coaches can park in St George's Field (27 spaces) and Union Terrace (35 spaces).

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