New term on the road for The History Boys

The History Boys

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
Richard Hope
Mark Field
Mark Field
Christopher Ettridge
Christopher Ettridge

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.

The  History Boys in rehearsal. Image Darren Bell.
In rehearsal. Image Darren Bell.

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.


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

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