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History Boys' Bennett & Hytner on 'Charlie Rose,' May 9

Author Alan Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner will be interviewed tonight, Tuesday May 9, about their collaboration on The History Boys on "The Charlie Rose Show," which airs locally on WNET Channel 13 from 11:00 PM – midnight. Bennett and Hytner were interviewed by guest host John Lahr of The New Yorker.

The History Boys opened on Broadway on Sunday, April 23 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The play originally opened May 18, 2004 at The National Theatre of Great Britain, where it won the Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics Circle Awards for Best Play. It recently won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play, and has been nominated for seven Drama Desk Awards.

The History Boys "is the thrilling comedy of eight bright, funny students trying to get into colleges and the year that influenced the rest of their lives. Guiding them are a maverick English teacher, a headmaster obsessed with results and a strong-willed history teacher resistant to change," state press notes.

The original National Theatre cast of The History Boys appear in the Broadway production. The boys are played by Samuel Anderson (Crowther), Samuel Barnett (Posner), Dominic Cooper (Dakin), James Corden (Timms), Sacha Dhawan (Akthar), Andrew Knott (Lockwood), Jamie Parker (Scripps) and Russell Tovey (Rudge). The teachers are played by Frances de la Tour (Mrs. Lintott), Richard Griffiths (Hector), Clive Merrison (Headmaster) and Stephen Campbell Moore (Irwin). Other roles are played by Bill Buell (TV Director), LeRoy McClain (Company), Pippa Pearthree (Make-up Lady), Alex Tonetta (Company) and Jeffrey Withers (Company).

The History Boys features scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Colin Pink, music by Richard Sisson and video direction by Ben Taylor.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now through or by calling 212-239-6200. Visit for more information.

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