Bennett's History Boys to Bow on Broadway in April 2006
In Bennett's play, an unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys are in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. Also on hand are a maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher, a headmaster obsessed with results, and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.
The play's 2004 London production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, won all three major theatrical awards for Best Play: the Olivier, Evening Standard, and the London Critics' Circle Awards. A film version, to be directed by Hytner and starring the National Theatre cast, has already been announced, with tentative plans for a 2006 release.
Bennett made his Broadway debut in 1962 as a writer and performer in Beyond the Fringe; he and his fellow "Fringers" Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller were all awarded special Tony Awards. In 1975, his play Habeaus Corpus landed on Broadway starring Celeste Holm, June Havoc, Donald Sinden, Paxton Whitehead, and Richard Gere. In 2003, his collection of monologues Talking Heads played Off-Broadway, earning Obie Awards for its entire cast and a Drama Desk Award for Lynn Redgrave