Alan Bennett’s much-loved play, THE HISTORY BOYS returns to the Everyman
28th January 2011
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One of Alan Bennett’s finest plays, which has played to packed houses and won huge critical acclaim since it opened at the National Theatre in 2004, returns to Cheltenham for one week only.


Set in the 1980s in a school in the North of England, a boisterous bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys are attempting to gain Oxbridge places under the guidance of three teachers with contrasting styles, whilst fending off the distractions of sport and sex.


Hector delights in imparting knowledge for its own sake, but the Headmaster ambitiously wants the school to move up the academic league tables, whilst Irwin, a young supply teacher is hired to introduce a rather more ruthless and cynical style of teaching.


So popular has this play proved, that it’s been made into a film with the entire original cast, many of whom have subsequently become household names, including James Corden and Dominic Cooper.  It has won no less than 30 major awards, including both Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play.


This is a triumph, a brilliantly funny, life-enhancing play, as heart-catching as it is hilarious.  A must-see.



Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

Monday 14th – Saturday 19th Feb

Evenings: Mon – Fri 7.45pm, Sat 8pm; Matinees: Thu 2pm, Sat 2.30pm

Tickets: £10 - £25 plus booking fee, available from the Everyman Theatre Box Office on 01242 572573 or online 24 hours a day at

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