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The History Boys

by Alan Bennett

Director Daniel Buckroyd Designer Dawn Allsopp Lighting Designer Mark Dymock Sound Designer Marcus Christensen

Cast includes: Ignatius Anthony; Scott Arthur, Gareth Bennett-Ryan, James Dryden, Daniel Francis-Swaby, Max Gallagher, Philip Labey, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, Freddie Machin, Sagar Radia and Liza Sadovy

The multi award-winning smash hit comes to Colchester.

A Mercury Theatre Made in Colchester Production

“A priceless evening of entertainment”
East Anglian Daily Times

“An evening’s entertainment doesn’t get much better”
Colchester Gazette

“An accomplished and beautifully observed production”
The Public Reviews

Alan Bennett’s hilariously funny and exceptionally moving semi-autobiographical play set the theatre-world alight when it premiered in 2004, going on to be a smash-hit in both the West End and on Broadway, collecting Olivier and Tony awards for Best New Play and Best Play respectively.

The History Boys charts the fortunes of an unruly bunch of bright sixth form boys at the fictional Cutlers’ Grammar School in the early 1980s, where, under the guidance of maverick ‘old-school’ English teacher, Hector, and Irwin, the shrewd young supply teacher brought in by their ambitious headmaster to fast-track the boys to success, they each set out to secure themselves a coveted place at Oxford or Cambridge.

It’s a compelling exploration of both the anarchy of adolescence and the very purpose of education itself, but it’s also a wonderful feel-good evening, shot through with Alan Bennett’s masterful wit and abundant humanity – quite simply a must-see.

Contains strong language, adult themes and smoking.
Recommended for 14+yrs
Running time approx 2hrs 45mins including interval

Past Performances

Thu 23 May 7:30pm
Fri 24 May 7:30pm
Sat 25 May 7:30pm
Tue 28 May 7:30pm
Wed 29 May 7:30pm
Thu 30 May 2:30pm
Thu 30 May 7:30pm
Fri 31 May 7:30pm
Sat 1 Jun 2:30pm
Sat 1 Jun 7:30pm
Mon 3 Jun 7:30pm
Tue 4 Jun 7:30pm
Wed 5 Jun 7:30pm Talk Back
Thu 6 Jun 2:30pm
Thu 6 Jun 7:30pm Caption Performance
Fri 7 Jun 7:30pm
Sat 8 Jun 2:30pm Audio Description
Sat 8 Jun 7:30pm

Cast

Ignatius Anthony

Ignatius Anthony

Headmaster

Stephen Ley

Stephen Ley

Hector

Sagar Radia

Sagar Radia

Akthar

Liza Sadovy

Liza Sadovy

Mrs Lintott

Creatives

Marcus Christensen

Marcus Christensen

Sound Designer

Mark Dymock

Mark Dymock

Lighting Designer

Mary Howland

Mary Howland

Dialect Coach

Richard Reeday

Richard Reeday

Musical Supervisor

Mercury Theatre

  • Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT
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