The History Boys by Alan Bennett

Harrogate Theatre, 25th-28th May 2016


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Eight boys have gained the highest ever A-level results at their school and now aspire to be the first from Cutler Boys Grammar School, to be considered ‘Oxbridge’ material. Helping them fulfil this goal are two of their regular teachers, Mrs. Lintott, the feminist no-nonsense History teacher, and Hector, the General Studies teacher who runs his seemingly unstructured classes more like theatrical productions. The Headmaster, wishing to ensure his league table place improves, by getting the boys into Oxford or Cambridge, believes they require extra coaching to give them an edge.  Enter Irwin, the final piece of the jigsaw.

This funny, sad, thoughtful play is about relationships, fate, the different perceptions of education, and ‘passing on’ knowledge into the future.


The History BoysCast

The Teachers

Hector – Chris Cowling

Irwin – Andrew McMinn

Headmaster – Stuart Newsome

Mrs Lintott – Alissa Reilly

The Boys

Dakin – David McCabe

Scripps – Sam Newsome

Posner – Naail Ishaq

Rudge – Will Nimick

Timms – Elliott Matthews

Lockwood – Dane Wright

Crowther – Mark Nicholls

Akhtar – Brandon Syres



Director – Sue Rawson

Assistant Director – Gill McVey

Stage Manager – Charlotte Clarke

Sound – Chris Rawson

Backstage Crew – Richard Naylor