• Reading Levels 3 - 5

The History Boys

Alan Bennett's 2004 play may feel eerily familiar: after all, it is about students revising for important exams. But the playwright is famous for illuminating grand themes through his seemingly ordinary characters, and The History Boys is no exception. The play is set in a northern school in the 1980s, where the students are preparing for tough Oxbridge applications. And as they and their teachers squabble about appropriate methods of education, what they are really discussing is the value of truth, knowledge and — of course — history itself.

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