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- Richard Griffiths (Hector)
- Clive Merrison (Headmaster)
- Stephen Campbell Moore (Irwin)
- Frances de la Tour (Mrs Lintott)
- Sacha Dhawan (Akthar)
- Samuel Anderson (Crowther)
- Dominic Cooper (Dakin)
- Andrew Knott (Lockwood)
- Samuel Barnett (Posner)
- Russell Tovey (Rudge)
- Jamie Parker (Scripps)
- James Corden (Timms)
- Georgia Taylor (Fiona)
- Penelope Wilton (Mrs Bibby)
- Adrian Scarborough (Wilkes)
About the Film & Play
When a 1980s class achieves the best scores ever at Cutlers' Grammar School for boys in Sheffield (Yorkshire, northern England), the petty headmaster, who craves the prestige like the parents, recruits a young Oxford graduate, Irwin, to prepare them for the general entry exams for the world class universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He stresses that takes not just delivering what all schools prepare for, but -if they even really want to go- standing out by a different approach and perspective: surprising quotations and associations, the other side of the coin, witty phrasing... Actually good foundations were laid by the current staff, less by history teacher Dorothy Lintott, a frustrated liberal feminist without actual impact, then by the enthusiasm-arousing 'Hector' in General Studies, who gets their attention and makes them think trough literature, open discussion, role-play and performing declamation and song, at both of which the only Jewish (like the Muslim, fully integrated) boy, sensitive gentle gay David, excels. Alas, when the headmaster learns that the caring, paternal Hector once innocently touched a boy's privates, he insists on 'graceful' early retirement, a personal drama with surprising twists in the end. Meanwhile the irresistible class flirt, Dakin, skilfully tests all borders including his and Irwin's sexual orientation, and all consider what they really aspire and care for, in studies and life.
- The film is based on the award winning play by Alan Bennett, which ran at the National Theatre in London from May 2004 until April 2005.
- Many of the extras in the film are also members of staff at the National Theatre in London (where Nicholas Hytner is the artistic director) who were invited to visit the set and have the chance of appearing in the finished film.
- Richard Griffiths' character rides a Velocette motorcycle.
- The cast for this are the same cast who appeared in the original play at the National Theatre in London, UK.
- The story is set in the early 1980s because shortly after this Oxford and Cambridge changed their entrance system and abolished the seventh-term post-A-level entrance exams.
- Filmed in 30 days.
- Samuel Barnett was nominated for the 2005 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The History Boys" and recreated the role in this production.
- Richard Griffiths won the 2006 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The History Boys" as Hector and recreated his role in this production.
- The original Broadway production of "The History Boys" by Alan Bennett opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York on April 23, 2006, ran for 185 performances and won the 2006 Tony Award for the Best Play. Samuel Anderson, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Dominic Cooper, Sacha Dhawan, Jamie Parker, Stephen Campbell Moore, Russell Tovey, Colin Haigh, Samuel Barnett and Andrew Knott recreated their Broadway roles in this filmed production. Samuel Barnett was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Alan Bennett also wrote the teleplay for this filmed production.
- Jamie Parker (who plays Scripps) does not appear on the DVD cover.