The History Boys Broadway


Alan Bennett’s brilliantly witty, perceptive tale of an unruly handful of senior schoolboys, preparing for coveted places at either Oxford or Cambridge under the tutelage of their somewhat “old-school” history teacher. An unusual approach to their studies is questioned when a new, young, history teacher joins the staff with strong views of his own. The History Boys is a compelling exploration of both the anarchy of adolescence and the very purpose of education itself, but it’s also a wonderful feel-good evening, shot through with Alan Bennett’s masterful wit and abundant humanity – quite simply a must-see.


Running Time: Two hours and 45 minutes with one intermission

Broadhurst Theatre

(New York, NY)
235 W. 44th St. Seating Chart
by Robert Gould - January 2, 2007
West End audiences will get an opportunity to take their seats in the classroom with the History Boys for a limited run (to April 17) at the Wyndham's Theatre from January 3rd (following 2 weeks of previews which began on December 21). Simon Cox's recreation of Nicholas Hytner's original staging of Alan Bennett's multi-award winning play (6 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 4 Outer Critics Circle Awards in addition to the Best Play accolades at the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards in the UK) comes to the West End with a huge reputation built by successful runs at the National Theatre, on Broadway, on film and two UK tours. And the reputation is thoroughly deserved - this play is Alan Bennett's master work.
by Craig Brockman - November 22, 2006
On June 11, 2006, The History Boys won six Tony Awards including Best Play - equaling the record set by Arthur Miller's seminal Death of a Salesman. It also took home Tonys for Best Actor, Richard Griffiths; Best Director, Nicholas Hytner; Best Featured Actress, Frances de la Tour; and two Best Design Prizes, Sets and Lighting. Join Michael Dale as he sits down with some of the stars of The History Boys film to talk about taking the stage production and making it work for the big screen in this special feature!
by James Sims - November 5, 2006
Fox Searchlight's The History Boys makes North American premiere at AFI Fest in Hollywood...
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2006
The History Boys, featuring the original National Theatre cast, will end its smash hit limited engagement on Broadway this Sunday, October 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2006
Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that The History Boys will make its Royal World Premiere for the Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Leicester Square in London on October 2nd
by BWW News Desk - June 25, 2006
Catch scenes from The History Boys right now on!
by BWW News Desk - June 16, 2006
A trio of actors--all of whom appeared in The History Boys in its London run at the National Theatre--will fill in for members of that show's current Broadway cast in the coming months
by BWW News Desk - June 15, 2006
Alan Bennett's The History Boys, which recently netted the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play, has extended its limited run through October 1st; it was originally to have closed on September 3rd
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2006
Could Alan Bennett's splendid comedy/drama attract Broadway audiences if the student/teacher relationship depicted involved girls? And if not, what does that say about us?
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2006
Richard Griffiths, currently on Broadway in The History Boys, as well as The Drowsy Chaperone's Bob Martin, will be interviews on 'Theater Talk' on May 26th
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2006
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
by BWW News Desk - April 26, 2006
Alan Bennett, the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed THE HISTORY BOYS, will appear on Theater Talk this Friday, April 28.
by BWW News Desk - April 24, 2006
THE HISTORY BOYS was recently featured on National Public Radio. NPR's Weekend Edition ran a story about the road to Broadway for THE HISTORY BOYS, interviewing author Alan Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner.
by BWW News Desk - April 24, 2006
The History Boys' Richard Griffiths has joined the latest 'Working in the Theatre' ATW seminar, which will be held on April 28th
by Ben Strothmann - April 24, 2006
BroadwayWorld was there for the starry opening night of Alan Bennett's The History Boys, which opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 23rd
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2006
Enjoy production photos of 'The History Boys,' now on Broadway for a limited 20 week run at The Broadhurst Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - April 18, 2006
Alan Bennett's THE HISTORY BOYS, winner of the Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, will begin previews on Broadway this Friday. April 14 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street).
by BWW News Desk - April 10, 2006
Student tickets will be available for the Broadway production of THE HISTORY BOYS, a new play by Alan Bennett.
by BWW News Desk - April 10, 2006
Alan Bennett's The History Boys will begin previews on Friday, April 14th; the show will open on Sunday, April 23th at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) for a 20-week limited engagement
by BWW News Desk - April 6, 2006
The History Boys playwright Alan Bennett was honored with London's prestigious Critics' Circle Award on April 5th