History Boys On Tour

Posted in Theatre on July, 25 2006 8:23 AM

Alan Bennett's The History Boys is set to tour the UK. The play has been a hit so far in four countries and is also being made into a film. It is a mix of comedy, some autobiography of Bennet himself (he can be seen in at least two of the characters) and reflection upon life and growing up.

It has been shown at the National Theatre on London's South Bank for two incredibly sucessful seasons, has toured out to Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia and had a long season on Broadway in New York.

Unfortunately, the role of maverick teacher Hector, created by Richard Griffiths, will be taken by Anton Rodgers. Not to dismiss the talents of Mr Rodgers, but Richard Griffiths is most assuredly a one-off and will be difficult to replace.

The show has won numerous awards, including six Tonys on Broadway (including Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play) and the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics Circle awards for Best New Play.

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