Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The History Boys: The Nation's Favourite Play

Alan Bennett's The History Boys has been named the nation's favourite play.

The poll, commissioned by the English Touring Theatre to mark its 21st anniversary, asked people to vote for their favourite English language play.

Michael Frayn's farce within a farce, Noises Off, came second, followed by Shakespeare's Hamlet - one of four Shakespeare plays in the top 10.

The History Boys, first staged at the National Theatre in 2004, made stars of James Corden and Dominic Cooper.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, and featuring Richard Griffiths in a lead role, it was adapted into a hit film in 2006.

Winning both Laurence Olivier and Tony Awards, the play follows a group of pupils at a northern grammar school as they prepare for their Oxbridge exams under the guidance of three eclectic teachers.

More than 7,000 theatregoers voted in the online poll, open to people in the UK and abroad...

Not bad for a play about schoolboys' suppressed sexuality and with an old pederast as its lead character.
Well done Mr Bennett!

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