News of the transfer comes ten days before the film version of the play reaches British cinemas on Oct. 13.
National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner helmed both the N.T. and Broadway versions of the play, which went on to win six Tony Awards including Best Director for Hytner and Best Play for Bennett.
Following the play’s world premier 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.
For the West End run the UK touring cast will reprise their roles. Stephen Moore (Festen, My Fair Lady) will play the unconventional school teacher Hector – the role created by the Tony-winning Richard Griffiths.
The cast also includes Isla Blair as Mrs Linott, William Chubb as the Headmaster and Orlando Wells as Irwin. The boys are played by Owain Arthur, Ben Barnes (Dakin), Philip Correia (Rudge), Marc Elliott, Thomas Morrison (Scripps), Akemnji Ndifornyen, David Poynor and Steven Webb (Posner). As with the touring version of Hytner’s production, Simon Cox recreates the production for the Wyndham’s stage.
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