Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, and Frances de la Tour star as part of the National Theatre cast. At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university and starting life.
At the heart of The History Boys are four characters, each with contrasting outlooks on teaching and school: Hector, an eccentric English teacher with no interest in exams; Irwin, a young supply teacher who sees history as "entertainment"; Mrs. Lintott, a traditionalist, who teaches "history, not histrionics"; and a Headmaster obsessed with results. Described as "the richest play Bennett has ever written" (Financial Times), staff-room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence collide in an intensely moving and thought-provoking play.
Winner of the Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle, and South Bank Show Awards for Best New Play.
©2005 Alan Bennett; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
"A superb, life-enhancing play." (Guardian)
"Intensely moving as well as thought-provoking and funny." (Daily Telegraph)
Downloaded because I am shortly to perform Irwin at a performance in Halifax next month. It's been an invaluable tool. Have listened to it LOTS!
"Superb, superb, superb"
I just love this. Bennett at his best, and superbly acted, directed, and produced. Couldn't be better.
"Such a good cast!"
So good!! This is at least the second time of listening. The cast in the audio recording are the London west end cast... Spook good :)
Coming of age
The interactions between the boys and the teachers and the way in which education is depicted.
Dakin - a very cocky, arrogant young man!
It definitely made me want to cry in places.
"Made me want to see the film"
Very well written and performed. Excellent.
Worth a listen. Sometimes dramatisations can be confusing but this works very well
"Great Fun, with a twist"
Being narrated by several people
The young lad singing
Several narrators added to the range of voices.
Yes, not one to put down
"The best book you will ever read"
I love this book .I have relistened to it so many times,it catches perfectly teenage boys becoming young men with fantastic humour and great prose.
My 18 yr old son also loves this book
"Eyes opened to the pleasure of Alan Bennett."
Having never seen/listened to any Alan Bennett play I'm smitten. I would love to have the chance to take my wife see it. I have now added 40 years on to the collection.
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