History Boys at Buxton

History Boys-253In a recent survey The History Boys was voted the nation’s favourite play. If you haven’t seen it yet now’s your chance, because it is coming to Buxton Opera House this month.

Dubbed “One of the finest plays Alan Bennett has ever written” by the Daily Telegraph, this comic masterpiece opened at the National Theatre in 2004 to rave reviews and went on to become one of their biggest hits, winning more than 30 major awards including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play.

The original cast when it first opened included Richard Griffiths, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Russell Tovey and Andrew Knott.  Frances de la Tour has also played the part of Mrs Lintott.

A 2006 film adaptation featured the original stage cast.

Set in the 1980s, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers at the fictional Cutlers’ Grammar School in Sheffield.

It tells the tale of their pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university.

Their maverick English teacher is at odds with the young, shrewd supply teacher, while their brusque charmless headmaster is obsessed with results and league tables. Staff room 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.

This new production is by Sell A Door Theatre Company, which produced the AvenueiQ UK Tour and is directed by Kate Saxon and designed by Libby Watson.

Playing the part of the headmaster is Christopher Ettridge who has appeared in TV’s EastEnders, Casualty, The Bill, Goodnight Sweetheart and Minder among others. Irwin is played by Mark Field (Doctor Who and Brideshead Revisited among others) and Hector is played by Richard Hope who recently appeared in The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.

The History Boys is a hilariously funny and moving play about the true purpose of education. It is on at Buxton from May 19-23 at 7.30pm with matinees at 2.30pm on the Wednesday and Saturday.

For tickets go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk