The History Boys

The Millennium Forum plays host to Alan Bennett's coming-of-age drama, named Britain's favourite play, from May 13 - 16

An Olivier and Tony Award-winning play, The History Boys is a hilarious yet moving exploration of teenage life in the 1980s which centres around a group of young A Level boys in their quest for a place at Oxford University.

An alternative '80s soundtrack leads the unruly sixth-formers in their pursuit of sex, sport and the coveted university places. Their maverick English teacher is at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher, whilst their headmaster is obsessed with results and league tables. Staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence overflow, provoking insistent questions about history and how you teach it.

In 2013 almost 7,000 theatre-goers voted it as the UK's favourite in a poll commissioned by the English Touring Theatre to mark its 21st anniversary.

The 2006 film version which starred Frances De La Tour (Rising Damp) showcased the talents of a young James Corden, who of course later found huge success with Gavin and Stacey and currently hosts America's long-running Late Late Show.

A must-see play for all drama lovers, The History Boys is down-to-earth, relatable and incredibly funny. This is a classic entertaining night at the theatre.

The History Boys performs at the Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry from May 13 - 16. Tickets are available from the venue box office and