The History Boys | The Playhouse Theatre

This July, director Gary Amos brings one of Alan Bennett’s best loved plays to The Playhouse Theatre.

First staged in 2004 at the National Theatre, The History Boys tells the story of 8 bright and funny students in the mid-80’s who’s headmaster is obsessed with getting them in to Oxford and Cambridge. The boys are torn between their eccentric English master, Hector (played here by Ian Spiby), their regimented, feminist History mistress Mrs Lintott (April Pardoe) and the newcomer Irwin (Toby Pugh) brought in to coach the boys through the gruelling Oxbridge application process.

As they prepare, the journey of The History Boys becomes as much about how education works as where education leads.

The play has won multiple awards, including the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, Best Director (Hytner) and Best Actor (Richard Griffiths) and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play, Best Actor, and Best Actress (de la Tour) to name but a few with the film adaptation to follow in 2006, staring the likes of Dominic Cooper, Samuel Barnett, James Corden, and Russell Tovey.

The Cast of The History Boys


Gary Amos, who studied Drama at the University of Northampton, is no stranger to The Playhouse, having directed Masque Theatre’s production of Polly Stenham’s “That Face” in 2015.

Gary says “Directing such beautiful chaos is unadulterated bliss that is more akin to playing in a school playground than the stiff rehearsal environment and the cast I have amassed from the wealth of Northamptonshire talent is impeccable and quite simply bonkers. I truly believe we have created a vibrant new vision that is eccentric, kinetic, flamboyant, hysterical, emotional, brash whilst also being highly intelligent and it is not to be missed.”

The cast too are having an amazing time in rehearsals, “At no point has this production felt like work or like a chore. It’s just felt completely natural. It’s been a great experience with a terrific cast and crew.” says Samuel Birch who’s playing Dakin. Daniel Peace (Rudge) “It is the most professional amateur production I’ve had the pleasure of being part of. This is something special.” Nitish Shah, who joined the cast during rehearsals in the role of Akthar said “Jumping in mid rehearsals always incites anxiety at first but as soon as I stepped into the room all I felt was welcome and “one of the boys”. Its a pleasure great fun to be working with a cast who are up for a laugh and also determined to put on a fantastic show”.

The production has even gained the support of Samuel Barnett, originator of the role of Posner in the 2004 National Theatre production and 2006 film.

The History Boys is one of the greatest plays ever written and holds a special place in my heart. I’m so excited that more people continue to discover and perform this play. I know Alan will be thrilled to hear you are doing his play.

– Samuel Barnett’s message to the cast.

The Cast:

Hector – Ian Spiby

Mrs Lintott – April Pardoe

Irwin – Toby Pugh

Headmaster – Barry Dougall

Posner – Daniel Bolton

Dakin – Samuel Birch

Rudge – Daniel Peace

Scripps – Luke Nunn

Timms – Patrick Morgan

Crowther – William Cheyne

Lockwood – Jake Abbott

Akthar – Nitish Shah

Fiona – Clare Balbi

Tickets are already flying out for this production, with half the run already sold out, so book soon to avoid missing out on seeing this brilliant play here in Northampton.

The History Boys runs at The Playhouse Theatre from Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th of July 2017. Performances start at 7.45pm (bar open from 7pm). Tickets are £9 each (£8 concessions) Tickets may be booked by via Box Office on 01604 627791 (answer phone) or by emailing  


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