Broadhurst Theatre, (4/23/2006 - 10/01/2006)

First Preview: Apr 14, 2006
Opening Date: Apr 23, 2006
Closing Date: Oct 01, 2006
Total Previews: 10
Total Performances: 185

Category: Play, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)

Produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, Roger Berlind, Debra Black, Eric Falkenstein, Roy Furman, Stephanie McClelland, Judith Resnick, Scott Rudin, Jon Avnet, Ralph Guild, Dede Harris, Mort Swinsky and Jam Theatricals

Originally produced by The National Theatre of Great Britain

Written by Alan Bennett; Music: Richard Sisson; U.K. Musical Director: Tom Attwood

Directed by Nicholas Hytner; Movement Director: Jack Murphy

Designer: Bob Crowley; Lighting Design by Mark Henderson; Sound Design by Colin Pink; Associate Lighting Design: Daniel Walker; Moving Light Programmer: Bobby Harrell

General Manager: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Gregg Arst

Production Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro; Technical Supervisor: David Benken; Stage Manager: Charlie Underhill; U.K. Associate Production Manager: Andy Ward

Video Direction by Ben Taylor

Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Marketing: HHC Marketing; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; U.K Casting: Toby Whale; U.S. Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Samuel AndersonCrowther
Joseph AttenboroughOther Boy
Tom AttwoodOther Boy
Samuel BarnettPosner
Dominic CooperDakin
James CordenTimms
Frances de la TourMrs. Lintott
(Apr 14, 2006 - Jul 09, 2006)
Rudi DharmalingamOther Boy
Sacha DhawanAkthar
Richard GriffithsHector
(Apr 14, 2006 - Jul 16, 2006)
Colin HaighTV Director
Andrew KnottLockwood
Pamela MerrickMake-up Lady
Clive MerrisonHeadmaster
(Apr 14, 2006 - Jul 09, 2006)
Stephen Campbell MooreIrwin
Jamie ParkerScripps
Russell ToveyRudge

Understudies: Joseph Attenborough (Lockwood, Rudge, TV Director, Timms), Tom Attwood (Crowther, Posner, Scripps), Rudi Dharmalingam (Akthar, Crowther, Dakin), Colin Haigh (Headmaster, Hector) and Pamela Merrick (Mrs. Lintott)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2006 Best Play [winner] 

Produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, Roger Berlind, Debra Black, Eric Falkenstein, Roy Furman, Jam Theatricals, Stephanie McClelland, Judith Resnick, Scott Rudin, Jon Avnet, Ralph Guild, Dede Harris and Mort Swinsky; Originally produced by The National Theatre of Great Britain; Written by Alan Bennett

winner 2006 Best Actor in a Play [winner] 

Richard Griffiths

 2006 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Samuel Barnett

winner 2006 Best Featured Actress in a Play [winner] 

Frances de la Tour

winner 2006 Best Direction of a Play [winner] 

Nicholas Hytner

winner 2006 Best Scenic Design of a Play [winner] 

Projection Design by Bob Crowley

winner 2006 Best Lighting Design of a Play [winner] 

Mark Henderson

Drama Desk Award

winner 2006 Outstanding Play [winner] 

Produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, Roger Berlind, Debra Black, Eric Falkenstein, Roy Furman, Stephanie McClelland, Judith Resnick, Scott Rudin, Jon Avnet, Ralph Guild, Dede Harris and Mort Swinsky; Written by Alan Bennett

winner 2006 Outstanding Actor in a Play [winner] 

Richard Griffiths

winner 2006 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [winner] 

Samuel Barnett

 2006 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Dominic Cooper

 2006 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Stephen Campbell Moore

winner 2006 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play [winner] 

Frances de la Tour

winner 2006 Outstanding Director of a Play [winner] 

Nicholas Hytner

Theatre World

winner 2006 Award [recipient] 

Richard Griffiths

Reviews


AP: "Spirited 'History Boys' Triumphs"

Hector, a large, rumpled teacher at an English boys' school, has what his headmaster calls "an old-fashioned faith in the redemptive power of words."

So does playwright Alan Bennett, whose latest work, "The History Boys" began a triumphant engagement Sunday at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. It is a remarkable play in a remarkable production, graced by the splendid original cast from the National Theatre in London.

Directed by the National's artistic head, Nicholas Hytner, "The History Boys" is both intellectually rigorous and emotionally affecting. And very, very funny. It's filled with warm, often gentle humor, a comic spirit that grows out of situation and character.

The plot? A group of senior students are studying for exams in history to get into either Oxford or Cambridge, Britain's most prestigious universities. And they come up against the teaching philosophies of two very different instructors.

Hector (Richard Griffiths) embraces education in all its forms. After all, he is a teacher of what is pejoratively called "general studies." The man celebrates high and low culture and all points in-between. From Shakespeare to the poetry of Philip Larkin and Stevie Smith to the music-hall tunes of Gracie Fields to such silver-screen classics as "Brief Encounter," the man embodies the joy of learning.

Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore) is a young, up-and-coming teacher brought in to help the students gain entrance to the top-notch schools. He sees education as a means to an end -the manipulation of learning to get what you can, preferably success of the monetary variety.

Set in the middle of the go-go 1980s, the play delivers the classic battle between idealism and relentless self-absorption. Several British critics have said it could be an indictment of the Thatcher era. You can tell where Bennett's heart belongs.

Griffiths commands most of the evening's attention. He gives an expansive, memorable performance as a funloving yet lonely man whose career, now in its twilight years, has superseded his private life. And Hector is not above giving his students a little grope when they sit behind him on his motorcycle - actions that eventually get him into trouble.

Then there are the students, a parade of hormone-plagued youths who span the spectrum of pupils. Most memorable are the heartbreaking Posner, the shy, gay one (a fine job by Samuel Barnett) and the handsome, popular and sexually precocious Dakin, portrayed by a charismatic Dominic Cooper.

It's Dakin who trips up the repressed Irwin, whose insecurity eventually comes through despite his smooth machinations.

The play's sole female role is that of a dour history instructor portrayed by the formidable -and hilarious - Frances de la Tour, an actress with the impeccable timing of a Swiss watch. Ciive Morrison, who plays the oblivious headmaster with crisp efficiency, completes the faculty.

The production, designed by Bob Crowley, moves with cinematic fluidity. Hytner uses film of the boys' school adventures to bridge many of the scene changes.

"The History Boys" has a lovely ending, one in which the boys, one by one, tell what happens to them later in life.

It's a touching conclusion to a tale of people we have learned to care deeply about


AP
04/23/2006

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Broadhurst Theatre

(4/23/2006 - 10/1/2006)

Cast

Desmond Barrit
Hector (Jul 18, 2006 - Jul 23, 2006)
Bill Buell
TV Director
Frances de la Tour
Mrs. Lintott (Aug 22, 2006 - ?)
Richard Griffiths
Hector (Jul 25, 2006 - ?)
LeRoy McClain
Other Boy
Clive Merrison
Headmaster (Aug 22, 2006 - ?)
Pippa Pearthree
Make-up Lady
Malcolm Sinclair
Headmaster (Jul 11, 2006 - Aug 20, 2006)
Maggie Steed
Mrs. Lintott (Jul 11, 2006 - Aug 20, 2006)
Alex Tonetta
Other Boy
Jeffrey Withers
Other Boy

Understudies: Bill Buell (Headmaster, Hector), LeRoy McClain (Akthar, Dakin, Rudge), Pippa Pearthree (Mrs. Lintott), Seth Sklar-Heyn (Other Boy, TV Director), Alex Tonetta (Posner, Scripps, Timms, TV Director), Jeffrey Withers (Crowther, Irwin, Lockwood).


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