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The History Boys (Dramatized) | [Alan Bennett]

The History Boys (Dramatized)

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Alan Bennett's new, award-winning play as heard on BBC Radio 3 features the National Theatre cast. After a sell-out national tour and an extended stage run, Alan Bennett's phenomenally successful play transfers to BBC Radio 3.

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.

What the Critics Say

"A superb, life-enhancing play." (Guardian)
"Intensely moving as well as thought-provoking and funny." (Daily Telegraph)

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  • Patch
    Staffordshire
    10/17/13
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    "Made me want to see the film"
    What made the experience of listening to The History Boys (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

    Very well written and performed. Excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen. Sometimes dramatisations can be confusing but this works very well

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  • T
    Newmarket, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Great Fun, with a twist"
    What made the experience of listening to The History Boys (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

    Being narrated by several people


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The History Boys (Dramatised)?

    The young lad singing


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Several narrators added to the range of voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, not one to put down


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  • AACCEOB
    LONDON
    12/23/12
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    "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

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  • Steven
    Neath, United Kingdom
    3/1/12
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    "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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