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The History Boys

23 May - 8 Jun 2013
  • 2 hrs 30 mins, including interval
  • £25 - £10 & concessions
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Audio Described with Touch Tour
  • Captioned

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.

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

01206 573948

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Cast
Freddie Machin
Freddie Machin
Irwin
Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins
Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins
Rudge
Philip Labey
Philip Labey
Posner
Scott Arthur
Scott Arthur
Dakin
Sagar Radia
Sagar Radia
Akthar
Gareth Bennett-Ryan
Gareth Bennett-Ryan
Lockwood
James Dryden
James Dryden
Timms
Max Gallagher
Max Gallagher
Scripps
Daniel Francis-Swaby
Daniel Francis-Swaby
Crowther
Stephen Ley
Stephen Ley
Hector
Ignatius Anthony
Ignatius Anthony
Headmaster
Liza Sadovy
Liza Sadovy
Mrs Lintott
Creatives
Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
Writer
Daniel Buckroyd
Daniel Buckroyd
Director
Dawn Allsopp
Dawn Allsopp
Designer
Mark Dymock
Mark Dymock
Lighting Designer
Marcus Christensen
Marcus Christensen
Sound Designer
Richard Reeday
Richard Reeday
Musical Supervisor
Mary Howland
Mary Howland
Dialect Coach
Rebecca Raggett
Rebecca Raggett
DSM (On The Book)
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