Alan Bennett’s The History Boys premiered at The National Theatre in London in 2004. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, it featured the late Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, and Russell Tovey among the original cast. It was nominated for 4 Olivier Awards in 2005, winning Best Director, Best New Play, and Best Actor in a Play (Richard Griffiths). The production was revived in November 2005 with a change of cast (including Matt Smith), running until February 2006.
Before debuting on Broadway, the original cast embarked on an international tour of the play, visiting
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