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The History Boys

The History Boys
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Author: Alan Bennett
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 144
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0571224644
ISBN-13: 9780571224647
Cast Size: 1 woman, 11 men, plus extras

About the Play:

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, 2006

The History Boys is a full-length drama by Alan Bennett. At a grammar school in northern England in the 1980s, eight boys prep for the Oxbridge entrance exam under the tutelage of three radically different teachers

The History Boys is about staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence. An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (or senior) boys in a British boys’ school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university, generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. The History Boys evokes the special period and place that the sixth form represents in an English boy’s life. In doing so, Alan Bennett raises — with gentle wit and pitch-perfect command of character — not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.

The History Boys premiered on Broadway in April 2006 taking the Tony Award as Best Play of the Season.

Cast: 1 woman, 11 men, plus extras

What people say:

"A play of depth as well as dazzle, intensely moving as well as thought-provoking and funny." — The Daily Telegraph (London)

"Nothing could diminish the incendiary achievement of this subtle, deep-wrought and immensely funny play about the value and meaning of education . . . In short, a superb, life-enhancing play." — The Guardian (London)

"Brilliantly funny ... The History Boys is moving, disquieting: one follows it with a heart brimful . . . His finest work in decades." — Financial Times (UK)

About the Playwright:

Alan Bennett has been one of England's leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. Now regarded as perhaps the premier English dramatist of his generation, he has written ten stage plays, three screenplays, eight television documentaries, and over thirty plays for television. His work focuses on the everyday and the mundane; on people with typically British characteristics and obsessions. He has won multiple awards for all aspects of his work including his writing and acting and has declined both a CBE and a knighthood.