The History Boys
An unruly bunch of bright, funny senior boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order.
In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.
In The History Boys, Alan Bennett raises – with gentle wit and pitch-perfect command of character – not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.
One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human. One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try to tell them.
Director: Allison Van Gaal
Where: Civic Playhouse Newcastle
Dates: August 2021
Times: Matinee and evening performances.