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History Boys

Media Release: October 2, 2012 in Theatre |

Peach Theatre Company present
The History Boys
by Alan Bennett
Serious education, sex & sport

Actor John Wood as Hector the history teacher

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Alan Bennett’s hit comedy The History Boys will be performed for a strictly limited season from February 8 to March 2, 2013 at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House.

Older white male rubbing his hands together

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Set in a fictional boys’ grammar school in the north of England in the early 1980s, the play follows a group of history pupils preparing for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance examinations under the guidance of three teachers (Hector, Irwin and Lintott) It’s a thought provoking play that has played to sold-out houses around the world and won multiple awards, including the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play and was turned into a feature film.

School boys lined up against wall

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Acting veteran John Wood will play Hector — a teacher whose intellect, enthusiasm and flair will create a world of brilliance, madness and wonderful comedy. Combine this with 8 bright, unruly boys — concentrated on sex, sport, and getting into a good university (generally in that order). Australian film luminary Paul Goddard (The Matrix) will play The Headmaster, whose stuffy sensibilities contrast wickedly with the eccentric, borderline teaching style of the brilliant Hector. Heather Mitchell will round off this unstoppable theatrical trio as the sharp-witted matriarchal Mrs Lintott — the history teacher who has probably been working at the same private school for too long.

This sharp witted, high energy production is full of gusto and youth, and will be directed by young theatre director Jesse Peach, who has worked extensively through Australasia, directing work including this year’s New Zealand season of Death Of A Salesman. Jesse has directed The History Boys in Auckland, and was praised for the vibrant, youthful energy which resonated through the show.

Cast: Hector: John Wood. Mrs Lintott: Heather Mitchell. Headmaster: Paul Goddard. Irwin:James Mackay. Scripps: Aaron Tsindos. Dakin: Lindsay Farris. Crowther: Simon Brook McLachlan. Lockwood: Caleb Alloway. Arthur: James Elliott. Posner:Matthew Backer. Rudge: Gary Brun. Timms: Matt Hardie.

The History Boys

Feb 8 – Mar 2, 2013 Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
Tues/Wed 6.30pm, Thurs – Sat 7.30pm
Matinees: Sat 1pm / Sunday 4pm
$35 – $65 + $20 Tuesday – February 12
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2 Reviews

Oct 1, 2012

A life-enhancing play. The Guardian

Oct 1, 2012

Brilliantly funny… Bennett’s finest work in decades. Financial Times