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The History Boys

May 23, 2024

History. It’s just one bloody thing after another, right?

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order.

In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.

In The History Boys, Alan Bennett raises – with gentle wit and pitch-perfect command of character – not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.

The History Boys is produced, directed and acted by University of Essex Theatre Arts Society Members.


Hector – Corey Lee
Irwin – Lolly Taylor
Dakin – Tyler Reuben
Posner – Naiden Janes
Scripps – Dan Casey
Mrs. Lintott – Emma Kopf
Headmaster – Noah Brunel
Rudge – George Goddard
Timms – Eden Camara
Crowther – Christina Davies
Lockwood – Findlay Clayton
Akthar – Wanjiku Wanyeki
Director / Wheelchair Assistant – Adella Massar

Show Guidance

– 100 minute run time
– Age guide: 14+
– Please be aware that this play expresses adult themes, including: explicit language, sexual references, racism, antisemitism, adult/minor relationship and grooming


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Thu, May 23
5:00 pm - 8:45 pm


Lakeside Theatre
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ GB
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