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The History Boys to be revived with tour planned

Alan Bennett’s classic returns

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The History Boys artwork

Theatre Royal Bath will present a 20th-anniversary production of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The History Boys.

Set against the backdrop of A-Level results day at Cutler’s Grammar School in 1980s Sheffield, The History Boys delves into the lives of eight spirited teenagers who aspire to secure spots at Oxford and Cambridge universities, and the teachers assisting them to do this.

Directed by Seán Linnen and designed by Grace Smart, the modern classic will grace the stage at Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 22 August to Saturday, 31 August, before embarking on a national tour.

Reflecting on this upcoming production, Bennett remarked: “How very pleased I am that The History Boys are still here twenty years on finding a new audience. ‘Pass it on’ is Hector’s message – I hope the playgoers feel the same!”

The original production at the National Theatre in 2004, followed by an international tour and a film adaptation, featured Richard Griffiths and served as a launchpad for talents like James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Russell Tovey, and Jamie Parker, among others.