Wednesday 16 February 2011
Everyman, Cheltenham

The History Boys

One of the great plays of the decade, The History Boys is set in a school in the North of England where a boisterous bunch of bright, funny sixth form boys are attempting to gain entrance to Oxford and Cambridge while fending off the distractions of sport and sex. In Alan Bennett’s much loved play, staffroom battles and the anarchy of adolescence provide a rich vein of comedy. The play opened in May 2004 at the National Theatre to rave reviews and a sell-out run and went on to become one of their biggest ever hits winning no less than 30 major awards, including both Olivier and Tony Awards for best new play. In 2005 a film was made with the entire original cast many of whom have subsequently become household names. This is the first major revival of the play since the original National Theatre production.

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"One of the finest plays Alan Bennett has ever written…. This is a wonderful evening, as heart-catching as it is hilarious" Daily Telegraph

"Bennett’s wonderfully astute, funny and painful play" Independent