The History Boys

by  Alan Bennett

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  11m, 1f

"Madly enjoyable!" - The New York Times
"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

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The History Boys

by  Alan Bennett

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (senior) boys in a British boarding 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 by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In The History Boys, 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. Following a sold out run in London, The History Boys premiered on Broadway in April 2006 taking the Tony Award as Best Play of the Season.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2006 Tony® Award for Best Play

Reviews

"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

"Brilliantly funny...The History Boys is moving, disquieting: one follows it with a heart brimful ... [Bennett's] finest work in decades." - Financial Times

Keywords

Education

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £85 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

11m, 1f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Roles for Teens

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Authors

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett was born in Leeds in 1934. After studying at Oxford University he collaborated as a writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in Beyond the Fringe in 1960 at the Edinburgh Festival. He then turned to writing full time and produced his first stage play Forty Years On in 1968. ...

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