A poll, commissioned by the English Touring Theatre to mark its 21st anniversary, asked people to vote for their favourite English language play and The History Boys by Alan Bennett emerged as the winner.
Before the announcement was made, Little Theatre Company – the only town-based amateur theatre group regularly performing plays as well as musicals – had secured the rights to perform The History Boys from March 11-15.
Director John Bowness said: “We are very excited to be performing this great play – and the news that it has just been voted the nation’s favourite is the icing on the cake.”
The History Boys is set in a northern grammar school where a group of sixth form boys are preparing for Oxbridge entrance exams and contains elements from playwright Alan Bennett’s own education. Premiered at the National Theatre in 2004, The History Boys made stars of James Corden and Dominic Cooper.
Little Theatre Company has already cast its production and rehearsals have begun for the show which will be staged at The Brewhouse Arts Centre from Tuesday March 11- Saturday March 15 at 7.30pm each evening with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.
It is set to be an exciting 2014 for Little Theatre Company. A month after its production of The History Boys, its youth group will stage the school edition of Miss Saigon, the musical that is celebrating its 25th anniversary by returning to London’s West End in May 2014.
Tickets for both these Little Theatre Company shows can now be booked online at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/littletheatreco
Thanks to Elaine Pritchard for the info.