The History Boys heads for Buxton Opera House
Alan Bennett’s masterpiece The History Boys will be visiting Buxton this month.
Winning over 30 major awards including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play, the piece tells the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university.
The play, which will be staged in Buxton Opera House from May 19 to 23, is widely hailed as one of the greatest theatrical events of the last decade.
This hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play shows the true purpose of education.
The students are taught by a maverick English teacher who 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.
The boy’s A Levels may be over, but their true education is only just beginning.
The History Boys premiered at the National Theatre in 2004. It helped launch the careers of many of its original cast members including James Corden, who went on to write and star in Gavin and Stacey and win a Tony Award for Best Actor In A Play for his lead role in One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway and Dominic Cooper whose film credits include Mamma Mia! and The Duchess.
This new production for 2015 is presented by Sell a Door Theatre, whose recent productions include Avenue Q (2014 UK Tour), Spring Awakening (2011 UK Tour) and Seussical (West End).
Tickets for the History Boys at Buxton Opera House are priced from £16 to £19 and discounts are available. To buy tickets or for further information call the box office on 01298 72190 or book online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk