Award-Winning History Boys Will Return to the West End

News   Award-Winning History Boys Will Return to the West End
 
Alan Bennett's The History Boys will return to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre exactly one year since the beginning of its previous run at that venue.

Nicholas Hytner's production, which for this revival will be re-created by Paul Miller, is scheduled to open Dec. 20. Desmond Barrit will star as the maverick school-teacher Hector, the role created by Richard Griffiths.

The cast will also include Elizabeth Bell, Tim Delap, Daniel Fine, Andrew Hawley, Ryan Hawley, Thomas Howes, Danny Kirrane, Alton Letto, Sam Phillips and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.

Following the play's world premiere in May 2004 on the National Theatre's Lyttelton stage, The History Boys won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best New Play.

The production eventually moved to Broadway, where it opened April 23, 2006, and won six Tony Awards, including Best Director for Hytner and Best Play for Bennett. The film version of the play, which follows the attempt by British school boys to gain a place at Cambridge or Oxford universities, was also directed by Hytner and opened in British cinemas last October.

Alan Bennett's previous National Theatre plays include The Madness of George III, an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows (both directed by Nicholas Hytner) and Single Spies (a double bill comprising An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution). His many other stage plays include Forty Years On, Habeas Corpus, Kafka's Dick and The Lady in the Van (also directed by Nicholas Hytner). The History Boys is currently booking until April 26, 2008.

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