History Boys, The

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Following its sell-out run, Alan Bennett’s smash hit play returns to the National for 59 performances only. Read More >

The History Boys - NT Lyttelton 05

Alan Bennet’s comedy drama takes place during the 1980s in a grammar school in the north of England. The tale concerns a set of male students preparing to take Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams and the ways that the different teachers choose to influence their abilities.

A drama about adolescent schoolboys. A group of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results, and a history teacher who thinks he’s a fool.

Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Show Awards for Best New Play.

Desmond Barrit plays Hector, following his acclaimed performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 23/09/2005

Opening Night: 05/12/2005

Closing Night: 01/02/2006

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Director - Nicholas Hytner

Designer - Bob Crowley

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Set Designer - Video Director: Ben Taylor

Sound - Richard Sisson

Author - Alan Bennett