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Alan Bennett’s The History Boys to tour in 2015

Sell A Door Theatre presents Alan Bennett’s hit comedy.

The History Boys

Voted the nation’s favourite play, Alan Bennett’s multi award-winning The History Boys will return in 2015, touring the UK in a major new production opening at Southend Theatre on Monday 26th January 2015. Tickets are on sale now.

Winner of over thirty 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 and shrewd supply teacher, whilst 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. Widely hailed as one of the greatest theatrical events of the last decade, The History Boys is an hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education.

Alan Bennett’s comic masterpiece was voted the nations favourite play in a recent national survey conducted by English Touring Theatre to celebrate their 21st birthday. English Touring Theatre are delighted to be able to support the winning play by giving away 100 pairs of free tickets to The History Boys throughout the 2015 tour. As part of their commitment to growing audiences and increasing access to regional theatre, applications are open to anyone who has never attending their local theatre before. For more information on how to apply, visit

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. It starred Clive Merrison as the dour headmaster.

This brand new production for 2015 is presented by Sell a Door Theatre, whose recent productions include Avenue Q (2014 UK Tour), Spring Awakening (2011 UK Tour) and Seussical (West End).

The History Boys will be directed by Kate Saxon.

Casting is to be announced.

See or follow @HistoryBoysTour for more details.

Tour dates:

Monday 26 – Saturday 31 January 2015
Palace Theatre, Southend

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 February 2015
Coventry Belgrade Theatre
On sale soon

Monday 9 – Saturday 14 February 2015
Brighton Theatre Royal

Monday 16 – Saturday 21 February 2015
Hull New Theatre

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 February 2015
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 March 2015
Edinburgh Kings Theatre

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 March 2015
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
On sale 18 october

Tuesday 31 March – Saturday 4 April 2015
Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
On sale soon

Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 April 2015
Blackpool Grand Theatre

Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 April 2015
Kings Theatre, Portsmouth
On sale soon

Monday 27 April – Saturday 2 May 2015
Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 May 2015
Crewe Lyceum
On sale soon

Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 May 2015
Millenium Forum, Londonderry

Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 May 2015
Exeter Northcott Theatre

Monday 1 – Saturday 6 June 2015
Swindon Wyvern Theatre

Monday 8 – Saturday 13 June 2015
York Opera House

Tuesday 30 June – Saturday 4 July 2015
Malvern Theatre
On sale soon

More dates to be announced.


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