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The History Boys

  • 22 - 31 August
The History Boys

Event Information

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm   

Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Press Night Wednesday 28 August 7pm  

Thu 22 — Sat 31 Aug

“History? It’s just one f***ing thing after another”

The 20th anniversary production of Alan Bennett’s brilliant modern classic, winner of 30 major awards, and voted The Nation’s Favourite Play in 2013.

A-Level results day. Cutler’s Grammar School. 1980s Sheffield. Eight unruly teenagers burst into adulthood with the best grades their school has ever seen, but their sights are set on something higher: to study at the most famous academic institutions in the world - Oxford and Cambridge. But their teachers can’t agree how best to tutor them. There’s Hector, the maverick English teacher who believes in culture for its own sake; Irwin - the shrewd supply teacher full of soundbites; Felix - the headmaster obsessed with league tables and Mrs Lintott - the History teacher who thinks her colleagues are all fools.

The History Boys follows this bright bunch of boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university, lifting the lid on staffroom rivalries and the anarchy of adolescence.This timely revival, directed by Seán Linnen (Quiz, Chichester Festival Theatre, Queers, Old Vic), asks what is purpose of education? And who is it for?Alan Bennett has been a household name in British theatre for more than fifty years. His numerous plays include Habeas Corpus, Single Spies, The Madness of George III, Talking Heads and The Lady in the Van.

“Intelligent, witty and hilarious. Passes with flying coloursr” The Times 

“Immensely funny... in short, a superb, life-enhancing play” Guardian

“Brilliantly funny with lines that we will be quoting for years to come... naughty, impish, endlessly ironic” Financial Times

Age guidance: 14+

Thursday 22 - Saturday 31 August

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm   

Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Press Night Wednesday 28 August 7pm 

Tickets from £30

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies

Check out our new 360º Virtual Tour of the Main House auditorium, bars, foyers and Front of House areas

Box Office phone lines are open from 10am - 6pm Monday - Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets for Main House productions may include a £2.50 building levy.

Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies to all bookings.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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