The History Boys

The History Boys is a treat for New York’s theatre audiences. This production of Alan Bennett’s play was first presented by the National Theatre of Great Britain original London cast and Tony Award winning director Nicholas Hytner. The production, centering around a group of bright, funny boys in pursuit of all the sixth-grade pleasures in life – sex, sports and a place at university, won all three major theatrical awards for Best Play: the Olivier, Evening Standard, and the London Critics‘ Circle Awards. Hytner won the award for Best Director. Packed with great one-liners and considered to be Bennett’s best work, to date, “The History Boys” also features a headmaster obsessed with results, a history teacher who thinks the headmaster’s an idiot, a maverick English teacher in conflict with a young, shrewd supply teacher and all the usual staff conflicts that occur when children and education are involved. But overarching the chaotic adult relationships are the pure, straight-forward quirky desires of the boys in all their adolescent discovery and dreams about the often-uncertain future…definitely a treat-filled experience by any measure.