The History Boys
From: Tuesday, 6th April 2010
To: Saturday, 10 April 2010
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A comic drama about adolescent schoolboys. A group of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results, and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.
9 April 2010
“You can have knowledge just for the sake of it” says Hector to his students as he prepares them for the Oxbridge examination in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, a play that addresses the relationship between coming of age and youthful expectation.
Upon its premiere at the National Theatre in 2004, the work became an instant success with an extended run, followed by two successful seasons in the West End and a triumphant transfer to Broadway. This new touring production, a partnership between the Theatre Royal Bath and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, seems set to continue this commercial and artistic success.
The plot is simple, following eight boys that have been selected for their academic ability to apply for Oxbridge, and charts the ups and downs along the way to them achieving their goal. Their teacher, Hector, is forced to reassess his own relationship with the boys upon the arrival of a new tuto...
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