Education and the anarchy of adolescence

The History Boys
The History Boys

Recently voted the nation’s favourite play in a national survey, The History Boys returns to Theatre Royal Brighton for a limited run from Monday to Monday, February 9 to 14.

Winner of more than 30 major awards including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play, 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 supply teacher, while their headmaster is obsessed with results and league tables.

Staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence overflow, provoking insistent questions about history and how you teach it. Their A Levels may be over, but their true education is only just beginning.

The History Boys is a hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education.

The History Boys premiered at the National Theatre in 2004 directed by Nicholas Hytner and helped launch the careers of many of its original cast members, including James Corden and Dominic Cooper.

The play was one of the National’s biggest ever hits and went on to open on Broadway in 2006, with a film adaptation featuring the original stage cast released later that year.

Alan Bennett is one of the UK’s most celebrated playwrights, and in a career that spans five decades has created many acclaimed works for theatre, television and film.

His work for the stage includes People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, The Habit of Art, Talking Heads and The Madness of George III.

Prior to his work as a playwright, Bennett enjoyed enormous success as a co-writer and performer of Beyond the Fringe, a comedy stage revue, which played in the West End and on Broadway in the 1960s. At the 2005 Olivier Awards Bennett was awarded the Society Special Award for his contribution to theatre.

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