The History Boys premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London on 18th May 2004. Its Broadway debut was on 23rd April 2006 at the Broadhurst Theatre where 185 performances were stages before it closed on 1st october 2006. It won multiple awards, including the 2005 lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony award for Best Play. The play opens in Cutler's Grammar School, Sheffield, a fictional boys' grammar school in the north of England. Set in the early 1980s, the play follows a group of history pupils preparing for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance examination under the guidance of three teachers (Hector, irwin and Lintott) with contrasting styles. Hector, an eccentric teacher, delights in knowledge for its own sake, but the headmaster ambitiously wants the school to move up the academic league table. Irwin, a supply teacher, is hired to introduce a rather more cynical and ruthless style of teaching.
Cadbury College's Performing Arts Sub-Diploma students took to the stage on 29th and 31st March 2017 in front of an audience in the Bob Michell Theatre, performing a 30 minute extract of the play. Only one of the cast members studies French at A-Level, yet the whole cast performed a full scene in French, having learnt it phonetically. Some of the students took on the responsibility of two character roles during the performance, smoothly transitioning from one to the next in between scenes.
The cast members included: Harold Chinyani (Scripps/Posner/Akthar), courtney Farnsworth (Hector/Rudge), Adil Hussain (Headmaster/Akthar), Maria Lionga (Dorothy Lintott/Timms), Tai Mason (Dakin) and Destiny Sond (Dorothy Lintott/Irwin).
Check out some snippets of the performance here: