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March 12, 2015

I really like Alan Bennett plays. I find that they are so rich with words and full of clever insight. The current UK tour at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham of his play THE HISTORY BOYS is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed this play despite a freezing draft that was blowing into the auditorium from backstage. Note to self: Don’t sit in the first four rows of the Alex in the winter!

From the young actors playing the boys special mention must go to Steven Roberts who plays Posner. He has possibly the most difficult role to pull off and he does it with aplomb. He sings several piano accompanied solos hauntingly well. This young man has talent.

Christopher Etteridge brings his wealth of experience to the role of Headmaster. Credit to Susan Twist for her performance as the dependable yet only significant female role in the play. Mark Field appeared slightly too twitchy as the young student teacher Irwin from my seat on the front row. It was Richard Hope who I thought stole the show, with his sensitive and warm portrayal of the well meaning but misguided teacher Hector.

The History Boys


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