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The History Boys returns for major tour

Alan Bennett’s much-loved play in new production.

The History Boys

Alan Bennett’s multi award-winning play The History Boys returns in a major new UK Tour, opening at the Palace Theatre, Southend on Monday 26th January.

The cast features Richard Hope as Hector, Kedar Williams-Stirling as Dakin, Steven Roberts as Posner, Christopher Ettridge as Headmaster, Mark Field as Irwin, Susan Twist as Mrs Lintott, Sid Sagar as Akthar, Matthew Durkan as Crowther, Patrick McNamee as Lockwood, David Young as Rudge, Alex Hope as Scripps, Joshua Mayes-Cooper as Timms, Chris Barritt as TV Director and Melody Brown as Fiona.

The tour is also extended to include new dates in Winchester, Windsor, Buxton, Darlington, and Guildford.

Winner of over 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 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.

Alan Bennett’s comic masterpiece was voted the nation’s favourite play in a recent national survey conducted by English Touring Theatre to celebrate their 21st birthday.

Alan Bennett is one of the UK’s most celebrated playwrights and authors, and in a career that spans five decades has created many acclaimed works for theatre, television and film. His work for the stage includes The Habit of Art, Talking Heads, The Madness of George III and Kafka’s Dick.

This brand new production for 2015 is presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company, 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, whose credits include The Real Thing (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Far From The Madding Crowd (English Touring Theatre); Nine Parts of Desire (The Public, New York and The Wilma, Philadelphia – winner of 3 Barrymore awards in USA); and the World Premiere of The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Fulton Opera House, USA then British Premiere Tour).

See for details, and follow on Twitter @HistoryBoysTour.

Tour Schedule

Monday 26 – Saturday 31 January 2015
Palace Theatre, Southend

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 February 2015
Coventry Belgrade Theatre

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 3 – Saturday 7 March 2015
Winchester Theatre Royal

Monday 9 – Saturday 14 March 2015
Windsor Theatre Royal

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 March 2015
Edinburgh Kings Theatre

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 March 2015
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
On Sale 18 October

Monday 30 March – Saturday 4 April 2015
Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

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

Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 May 2015
Millenium Forum, Londonderry

Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 May 2015
Buxton Opera House

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 16 – Saturday 20 June 2015
Darlington Civic Theatre

Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 June 2015
Guildford Yvonne Arnaud
On Sale Soon

Tuesday 30 June – Saturday 4 July 2015
Malvern Theatre


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