Tuesday 2 October Film Show:
On Sale Now
PHCL Film Show presents
The nation’s favourite play
The History Boys
Starring Richard Griffiths, James Corden, Dominic Cooper
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
UK 2006 107 minutes
Hailed as "superb" and "life-enhancing" when it first opened at the National Theatre in 2004, Alan Bennett’s The History Boys was voted the Britain’s favourite play in a national poll run in 2013. The story is set in a school in the north of England in the mid-1980s where the Headmaster is desperately trying to send boys to Oxford and Cambridge, and follows what happens when a supply teacher is enlisted to help coach the brightest pupils into shape for the exams. The boys are torn between his cynical pragmatism and loyalty to their eccentric, poetry-spouting English master, Hector (Richard Griffiths). As they prepare for admissions, their journey becomes a reflection on how education works and where it leads.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the original production made stars of many of the cast including James Corden, Russell Tovey, Sam Barnett and Dominic Cooper, and was later adapted into this hit film, which Hytner also directed and which we are delighted he is coming to introduce.
Introduced by Nicholas Hytner
Doors open 7.15pm, Introduction 7.45pm, Film 8.00pm £8.00, in cash, including a glass of wine. Tickets, up to two per person, on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.