“A life-enhancing play” – THE GUARDIAN
" Brilliantly funny... Bennett’s finest work in decades" - FINANCIAL TIMES
Hurry in to catch Alan Bennett's flawless play, The History Boys, now playing at the Sydney Opera House. Peach Theatre Company have brought the show to Sydney after its successful exposure in Auckland. The company, founded by the illustrious Jesse Peach has directed both shows and hopes to continue to bring lucrative seasons of particularly wonderful playwriting to our fair shores.
Set in a fictional boys' grammar school in the north of England in the early 1980s, the play follows a group of history pupils preparing for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance examinations under the guidance of three teachers (Hector, Irwin and Lintott) It's an incredible play, evidence in playing to sold-out houses around the world since its release, on top of winning multiple awards, including the 2005 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play. It has also been made into a wonderful film (also great and you should definitely see that too if you haven't already... Dances De La Tour is a knockout).
John Wood plays a stellar Hector; that teacher all the boys love for priding 'knowledge' over 'education.' A highlight of the show is their French lesson, transforming the classroom into a Parisian brothel. 24k comedy in my books. Combine this with 8 teenage boys, trying their darnedest to cruise through those particularly uncomfortable adolescent years, expertly executed by Aaron Tsindos, Lindsay Farris, Simon Brook McLachlan, Caleb Alloway, James Elliott, Matthew Backer and Gary Brun. Extra special mention to Matt Hardie (Timms), as the short film he directed and stared in made it into the finals of Tropfest last weekend. Talent never sleeps.
The production was a joy, undeniably held up by Bennett's effervescent words and some very intelligent actors. Particularly Heather Mitchell, holding her own as the sole female in a testosterone heavy feature length performance. She's just brilliant, as usual. All in all, a wonderful show, I guarantee you bang for your buck. And what's more, on gorgeous balmy nights in Sydney like these, there really is nothing better than leaving a great show and walking out to the waterfront of one of the most exceptional views in the world.
THE HISTORY BOYS
WHEN: Febraury 8 - March 12, 2013 Playhouse, Sydney Opera House (Previews Feb 8 to 11) Tues/Wed 6.30pm Thurs - Sat 7.30pm Matinees: Sat 1pm / Sunday 4pm
WHERE: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: $35 - $65 + $20 Tuesday - February 12 Bookings phone 9250