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The History Boys

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Alan Bennett

Published by Faber & Faber

Best Play 2004
Evening Standard Award
Critics' Circle Award
Laurence Olivier Award

"The school gives them an education. I give them the wherewithal to resist it. Examine a boy and he is tamed already. Only examine him and you can tax him, empanel him, enlist him, interrogate him and put him in prison. You have only to grade him and you have got him"

Staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose

It features an unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university; a maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher; a headmaster obsessed with results and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool

REVIEWS

"A play that strikes me as one of the finest Bennett has ever written, packed with superb one-liners. A play of depth as well as dazzle, intensely moving as well as thought-provoking and funny" ~ Daily Telegraph

"Nothing could diminish the incendiary achievement of this subtle, deep-wrought and immensely funny play about the value and meaning of education . . . In short, a superb, life-enhancing play" ~ The Guardian

"Brilliantly funny . . . The History Boys is moving, disquieting: one follows it with a heart brimful . . . His finest work in decades" ~ Financial Times

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