A RECENT poll by English Touring Theatre of more than 7,000 theatregoers named Alan Bennett’s The History Boys as the nation’s favourite play.
The play finished to great acclaim in the West End a couple of years ago, but next week a new production by the Wilde Community Theatre with London Contemporary Theatre brings the infamous comedy drama to Bracknell’s South Hill Park.
The play is directed by Luke Sheppard who has worked extensively in the West End, including as associate director of Matilda the Musical and Singing in the Rain.
The History Boys follows a group of bright northern schoolboys preparing for their Oxford and Cambridge entrance examinations.
A-levels are finished but for Yorkshire’s finest pupils, their education has a long and bumpy track ahead.
They go back to school to train for their Oxbridge entrance exams, where they find themselves stuck in the middle of two very different styles of teaching.
Veteran schoolmaster Hector brings life, drama, music and fun into the classroom, while the young and sceptical Irwin has been brought in by the headmaster to teach a callous and harsh route to Oxbridge with scientifically-proven techniques to get the grades.
But with the distractions that come with being a teenage boy and the pressure of university on their minds, the question is — will any of them survive the cut?
The play has won Olivier and Tony awards, and has been critically acclaimed as a very intelligent piece from one of the nation’s best-loved living playwrights.
The show opens on Tuesday, February 11 and runs until Saturday, February 15 with matinee performances also available.
The Wilde Community Theatre Company is made up of local talented actors of all ages who last year presented Fawlty Towers.
For tickets (from £9) call the box office on 01344 484123 or visit www.south hillpark.org.uk