Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The History Boys to tour the UK next year

It has been announced that Alan Bennett’s The History Boys - which has been voted the nation’s favourite play - will return in 2015 with a brand new UK Tour.

The production will open at the Southend Theatre on Monday 26th January 2015. The History Boys is described as "an hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education." Sell a Door Theatre (Avenue Q 2014 Tour) are producing the production. The History Boys will be directed by Kate Saxon.

David Hutchinson, (Artistic Director of Sell a Door Theatre) said said: “We are delighted to be launching our 2015 season with the UK revival tour of the nation’s favourite play by one of Britain’s most cherished playwrights. Sell a Door prides itself on engaging young adults in live theatre, and our partnership with English Touring Theatre subsidising free tickets will allow hundreds of first time patrons to see this critically acclaimed play.”

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. 

The History Boys premiered at the National Theatre in 2004 directed by Nicholas Hytner, and helped launch the careers of many of its original cast members including James Corden and Dominic Cooper. 

It went on to open on Broadway in 2006, with a film adaptation featuring the original stage cast released later that year. The History Boys also had two successful West End runs, playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2007 and 2008, and has won countless awards including the Oliver Award for Best New Play, Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Casting is to be announced.

Confirmed Tour Dates

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 17 – Saturday 21 March 2015
Edinburgh Kings Theatre

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 March 2015
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Tuesday 31 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

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 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 30 June – Saturday 4 July 2015
Malvern Theatre

Further Dates To Be Announced

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