Alan Bennett’s sensational schoolroom comedy, The History Boys, is again touring the UK in a new production starting in Southend later this month.
Called “One of the finest plays Alan Bennett has ever written” by the Daily Telegraph, The History Boys opened at the National Theatre in 2004 without any pre-publicity or expectations.
It earned rave reviews and a sell-out run and went on to become one of their biggest ever hits, winning over 30 major awards including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play.
In a recent national survey this comic masterpiece was voted the nation’s favourite play and was responsible for launching the dramatic careers of James Cordon and Jamie Parker.
Set in a 1980s grammar school, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at the very best universities.
Richard Hope plays Hector, their English teacher, who uses a variety of methods to give his boys a rounded education.
But his eccentric ideas are at odds with Irwin (Mark Field), the young and shrewd supply teacher, while their Christopher Ettridge’s Headmaster is obsessed with results and league tables.
Staff-room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence overflows, provoking insistent questions about education and how you teach it.
CAST:Richard Hope, Mark Field, Christopher Ettridge, Susan Twist, Matthew Durkan, Alex Hope, Joshua Mayes-Cooper, Patrick McNamee, Steven Roberts, Sid Sagar, Kedar Williams-Stirling, David Young, Chris Barritt, Melody Brown.
This brand new production from Sell A Door, producers of the Avenue Q UK Tour, Spring Awakening UK Tour and Seussical West End, is an hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education.
Alan Bennett has been a household name for more than forty years. His numerous plays include Enjoy, The Madness of George III, Single Spies, Talking Heads and The Lady in the Van.
2015 TOUR DATES
January 26–31, Palace Theatre, Southend February 3-7, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry February 9-14, Theatre Royal, Brighton February 16-21, New Theatre, Hull February 23-28, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham March 2-7, Theatre Royal, Winchester March 10-14, Theatre Royal, Windsor March 17-21, Kings Theatre, Edinburgh March 23-28, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich March 31-April 4, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham April 14-18, The Grand, Blackpool April 22-25, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth April 27-May 2, Churchill Theatre, Bromley May 5-9, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe May 12-16, Millennium Forum, Derry May 26-30, Northcott Theatre, Exeter June 1-6, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon June 8-14, Opera House, York June 16-20, Civic Theatre, Darlington June 23-27, Malvern Theatre, Worcs