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Garrick Production

The History Boys - By Alan Bennett

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Main House

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14 +

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Written by Alan Bennett 

Directed by Su Mowat  

Set in the 1980's, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. 

Their maverick English teacher is at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher, whilst their headmaster is obsessed with results and league tables. 

Staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence overflow, provoking not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today. Their A Levels may be over, but the real learning has just begun… 

Celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary and hailed as “one of the finest plays Alan Bennett has ever written”, The History Boys opened at the National Theatre in 2004 to rave reviews, a sell-out run and went on became one of their biggest ever hits, winning over 30 major awards including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play. 

In a recent national survey this comic masterpiece was voted the nation’s favourite play. 

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Wed 15 Oct




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