The 2006 Tony-Award winner for Best Play! The History Boys focuses on an unruly class of gifted and charming senior boys in a rather unimpressive boarding school. As these young men prepare for their college entrance exams, they are taught by two very different teachers with very different methods: one, eccentric and innovative – the other, deductive and Socratic. With their headmaster pushing for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge, standards are raised and expectations are high. Playwright Alan Bennett evokes the special period and place that senior year represents in an English boy’s life. In doing so, he raises – with gentle wit and pitch-perfect command of character – not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.
• Not recommended for children – mild adult situations.