In Alan Bennett's play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose.
An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.
Alan Bennett has been one of the UK's leading dramatists since Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his stage plays including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution and The Madness of George III . The History Boys won numerous awards both at the National Theatre, London, and on Broadway. Also at the NT: The Habit of Art, People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks. His collection of prose Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography. Recent works of fiction are The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.