History Repeats Itself: Award-Winning Play Opens at London's Wyndham's

News   History Repeats Itself: Award-Winning Play Opens at London's Wyndham's After winning the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Play, Alan Bennett's The History Boys, about British school kids trying to get into Oxford and Cambridge, makes its official debut in London's West End Jan. 3.
Steven Webb as Posner (in background), Thomas Morrison as Scripps (foreground) and Ben Barnes as Dakin in The History Boys.
Steven Webb as Posner (in background), Thomas Morrison as Scripps (foreground) and Ben Barnes as Dakin in The History Boys. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Previews began at the Wyndham's Theatre Dec. 21, 2006. The current production features the U.K. touring cast, headed by Stephen Moore as Hector, the role of the eccentric professor that was created by Richard Griffiths to Tony-winning effect. The company also includes Owain Arthur as Timms, Ben Barnes as Dakin, Isla Blair as Mrs. Lintott, William Chubb as Headmaster, Philip Correia as Rudge, Marc Elliott as Akthar, Thomas Morrison as Scripps, Akemnji Ndifornyen as Crowther, David Poynor as Lockwood, Steven Webb as Posner and Orlando Wells as Irwin.

Simon Cox re-created Nicholas Hytner's original direction for this production. The remainder of the creative team includes Bob Crowley (set and costume designs), Mark Henderson (lighting design), Colin Pink (sound design), Richard Sisson (music) and Ben Taylor (video director).

Set in the 1980s in the north of England, The History Boys, according to press notes, "charts the fortunes of an unruly bunch of bright sixth-form boys in pursuit of a place at Oxford or Cambridge under the guidance of a maverick English teacher and a shrewd supply teacher."

The original production of The History Boys at the National Theatre 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.

Hytner's film version of the play opened in London on Oct. 13, 2006, and in the U.S. Nov. 21.

The Wyndham's Theatre is located in London on Charing Cross Road. For ticket information call 020 7452 3000.