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By Alan Bennett | Comments: ( 486 ) | Date: ( Jul 11, 2020 )

A play of depth as well as dazzle, intensely moving as well as thought provoking and funny The Daily Telegraph An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth form or senior boys in a British boys 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, enlighten A play of depth as well as dazzle, intensely moving as well as thought provoking and funny The Daily Telegraph An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth form or senior boys in a British boys 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 a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling In The History Boys, Alan Bennett evokes the special period and place that the sixth form represents in an English boy s life In doing so, he 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.


  • Title: The History Boys
  • Author: Alan Bennett
  • ISBN: 9780571224
  • Page: 171
  • Format: None

About Author:

Alan Bennett

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Alan Bennett is an English author and Tony Award winning playwright Bennett s first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968 Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as an actor Bennett s lugubrious yet expressive voice which still bears a slight Leeds accent and the sharp humour and evident humanity of his writing have made his readings of his own work especially his autobiographical writing very popular His readings of the Winnie the Pooh stories are also widely enjoyed.



Comments The History Boys

  • Manny

    IRWIN: So, what do we think of The History Boys then?RUDGE: It's a classroom drama, sir. Set in Yorkshire during the early 80s. Features a clash between two different styles of teaching, embodied by the two contrasting teachers, Mr. Hector and Mr. Irwin, whoIRWIN: Yes, yes, yes, everyone will write that. I am results-focussed, Mr. Hector teaches you the true value of culture. Perfect if you want to get into Bristol. Ideal for Sheffield. Someone else?SCRIPPS: It's got witty and inventive dialogue [...]


  • Cecily

    Bennett at his best: witty, erudite and controversial.This play is set in the 1980s in a boys’ grammar school (no fees to pay, but students have to pass exams to gain admission) where a new head is determined to get some of his brighter history pupils into prestigious Oxford and Cambridge colleges via additional lessons by three very different teachers: Hector, Irwin and also Mrs Lintott. Hector has been there for years; Irwin is young and brought in specially to help with Oxbridge exams and i [...]


  • Joey Woolfardis

    [First read: 7th March, 2014 Second read: 22nd August, 2015]"The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it's as if a hand has come out and taken yours."The BBC did a programme celebrating 50 years of the National Theatre in 2013 and The History Boys was one of them. It was [...]


  • Bettie☯

    bbc/programmes/b007g95pDescription: An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (or senior) boys in a British boys' 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 a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling [...]


  • Tom

    Utterly useless play. The occasional "witty" line, but the whole thing felt very self-serving, self-congratulatory, and mechanical. And this pile of self-consciously Teddibly Intellectual Claptrap won the Tony for Best Play over Martin McDonagh's magnificent LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE. The reviews I've read seem to think the play is a sort of battle of wills between Hector and another teacher for the souls of a group of boys doing an intensive cram session for their college boards. Hector supposedl [...]


  • Cheryl

    A wonderful, witty play. A group of eight teenage boys are in their final year of school, preparing to take scholarship examinations for university. Oxford or Cambridge admission is the big prize. Their teachers have different ideas about the role of education which seem competitive but are complementary. The boys and teachers verbally joust and show off throughout the play as they struggle to find what they think will be the best way to succeed at the exams. Should they learn to be showmen of h [...]


  • Stef Smulders

    Not lucky with this one: ebook lacks the direction instructions and in the filmscript the scenes are extremely short, not suitable to be read as a story without the staging. Gave up.


  • Sookie

    Alan Bennett's dialogues have layers. Bennett uses poets, writers and artists as a subtle influencing factors to bring home a larger point. Auden is heavily quoted and acts as a metaphor for Hector's lifestyle. One of his pupils, Timms, quotes Auden and uses it outside the context to explain Hector's behavior to Irwin. Its clever and plays out as fantastic inside joke among the boys.The boys stand on the edge that separates adolescence and adulthood. With college exams and interviews around the [...]


  • Greg

    Subjunctive history, discussing that gets five star alone. I have to get myself a copy of the book and read it at my own pace. There is a lot covered in this play. At first, listening to the first disc, I didn't get into it, but then I concentrated on the dialogue and not the voices. I wonder if this play would translate to other countries. Plays, essays, films, or novels that are set in school usually evokes an unpleasant feeling for me, (To Sir With Love being an exception.)The History Boys ha [...]


  • stephanie

    because i am an intellectual snob, and because i am a sucker for british accents, and because i LOVE history, and because i went to an all-girls school that decidedly wanted to get everyone into the ivies, i must admit i'm a little bit of a biased reader. (basic plot of the play: everyone is trying to get into oxford, and are therefore studying for their major exams in history. sex plays a large role - or, really, rather, lust.)however, i also must admit i found some of the characters annoying, [...]


  • Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Adapted for radio by Richard Wortley from Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre production. More than three decades on from Forty Years On, Alan Bennett turns his attention once more to education, encompassing both the tussles of staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence.Hector Richard GriffithsIrwin Geoffrey StreatfeildMrs Lintott Frances de la TourThe Headmaster Clive MerrisonCrowther Samuel AndersonPosner Samuel BarnettDakin Dominic CooperTimms James CordenA [...]


  • Mghulett

    I've read this play at least twelve times. Same with the movie. It's a play about a group of high school boys that are in the Oxford/Cambridge group (they have the highest grades and are eligible for these two colleges.) Through out their senior year they must cram in not only facts about history, culture, and literature but they are given a new teacher who teaches them how to spice up their essays. There are many twists in the story but i'm not going to reveal them I think that EVERYONE should [...]


  • James

    The play is a great read for many reasons and all of them deeply resonated with me. Most important was the devotion to the importance of language (centered on the "dictionary" boy role of Posner) and music and ideas, more clearly emphasized in the play than in the screenplay for the film (also written by Bennett). The play contrasts the differing perspectives on education of the two lead teachers (Hector and Irwin). Without the need to "open up" demanded by film Bennett focuses on the schoolroom [...]


  • El

    Some plays just are better when seen performed on the stage. Sometimes just reading a play loses something in the well, translation. I have a feeling The History Boys is one of those. I'll bet on stage it's pretty interesting. I hear there's a movie from a few years ago that probably is worth watching. (This is all not to be confused with The Emperor's Club, the 2002 movie with Kevin Kline. I can't explain why but I seriously thought it might be based on this play. It was not. Silly rabbit! What [...]


  • Ned Gill

    Well that was tragic. Tragically good and soul destroying at least my fav Scripps didn't die because he is my role model. // END //


  • Lynda

    I love reading plays. This was wonderfully written.


  • Núria

    'The History Boys' es una obra ambientada en el Sheffield de principios de los años 80 y los protagonistas son un grupo de adolescentes que se tienen que preparar para hacer un examen para poder entrar en Oxford o Cambridge. Es verdad que estos jovencitos parten de unas personalidades arquetípicas, pero consiguen ser únicos y reales gracias a los diálogos (frescos, rapidísimos y vivos). Es una obra sobre crecer, enamorarse, dejar atrás la adolescencia, intentar construir tu personalidad Es [...]


  • Wontons

    I first came across this play in its last form, as a film adaptation around 2009. By then, I was kicking myself for having missed the original West End production (though I'm not sure I would've been able to fly to New York in 2006, as much as I'd like to think of myself as a socialite with expendable income coming out of my ears). Luckily, I found a BBC radio dramatization, which, upon later reading the play, I learned was much closer to the stage production than the film. Don't get me wrong; I [...]


  • Tony

    THE HISTORY BOYS. (2004). Alan Bennett. ****.This play by Bennett brings us into the lives of eight boys enrolled in a British boarding school. They are all in sixth form, equivalent to our U.S. senior class. They are being prepped for admission to colleges in Oxford or Cambridge, although none of them is a likely candidate. They are all exposed to at least two different methods of being taught history. One method is a free-ranging technique, where the event is less important than the method of [...]


  • Sacha

    this is one of my favourite films and so i was wary when i bought the play. i know this is the original text and the film came after but it's the film i've seen so many times and i didn't know what differences there would be. obviously there were differences because a story told on a stage with very little props can't be told in the same way as a film but i like both versions. there were a couple of scenes in the play that weren't in the film and vice versa and the ending was slightly different. [...]


  • Leigh

    HECTOR: Uncoffined is a typical Hardy usage. It’s a compound adjective, formed by putting “un” in front of the noun or verb, of course. Unkissed, unrejoicing, unconfessed, unembraced—it’s a turn of phrase that brings with it a sense of not sharing, being out if it, whether because of diffidence or shyness, but holding back, not being in the swim of it. Can you see that?POSNER: Yes, sir. I felt that a bit.HECTOR: The best moments in reading are when you come across something, a thought, [...]


  • Skip

    Alan Bennett's fascinating play (which was made into a well-received motion picture starring the original cast from the West End and Tony Award-winning Broadway stage productions) about a group of English high school students studying for their Oxbridge entrance examinations, and how they are tutored by two different professors who possess contrasting teaching styles. Absolutely joyful, exuberant and bittersweet at the same time, the examination of their relationships with their tutors and each [...]


  • Will Gillham

    How a writer can cram so much wit, intelligence, and culture into one play astounds me.Reading this during my A-Levels (whilst studying History) it completely reflects upon the absurdity, pressure, and confusion one feels at the turning point in your life: "If they like me and they want to take me because I'm dull and ordinary I may not know much about Jean-Paul Sartre, but I've got a handicap of four."This is a play that can spark debates and conversations as lively as those found in the text. [...]


  • Kathryn Green

    2.5 stars - This play was quite good. I liked the underlying messages about teaching and politics and the final message at the end. I didn't find it that funny but i'm looking forward to studying this one


  • Barry Turner

    I am a late arrival at the platform containing one of the most hyped plays of modern times. Alan Bennett, lugubrious Yorkie, has been feted like some kind of colossus of literature for this tale of 80s grammar school sixth-formers aspiring to the silver spires of Oxford or Cambridge.  Perhaps because I was not caught up in the critical storm of approval for the theatre production, and later movie,  that I can take a more dispassionate view. One thing struck me immediately as discordant - the s [...]


  • Zoe

    3.5


  • Krista

    I liked the audio version that I listened to as it was a full cast recording that originally aired on the BBC (I believe.)


  • Tung

    Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006, along with a host of other Tonys, this play focuses on eight students at a London school preparing for the British national entrance exams for Cambridge and Oxford (and other secondary schools), and two of their teachers: Hector is their English/General Studies teacher who inspires the boys to memorize and recite classic literature for the sake of pure knowledge rather than for the purpose of prepping for any one test; Irwin is their newly-hired Hi [...]


  • Uttara Srinivasan

    4.5 starsPlays are supposed to be avenues for playwrights to use painted words, archaic grammar, leaps of creative liberty and long soliloquys to (well, vent mostly) showcase their supremacy over the language, their understanding of “acting” without the distractions of description. The only other play I read this year didn’t help much either; made things worse if possible (yes, JKR I am still fuming). To add to all this, even as you try to wrap your head around mostly abstract dialogue, co [...]


  • Eretrece

    The History Boys by Alan Bennett is by no means a bad play. Or at least that is what I have to assume due to other people's ratings. But personally, I did not enjoy reading it for the following reasons:1. There were quite a lot of characters who were all introduced relatively soon, making it hard for me to tell them apart.2. The play contained a lot of references to history as well as literature that I could not understand.3. Somewhere near the beginning there was a scene in French, which I coul [...]


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