Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible and stimulating new educational edition:
- includes detailed analyses of character, theme and structure;
- looks at the context of the play and its author;
- offers key quotations and activities both for the student working alone and in the classroom.
An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he´s a fool.
In Alan Bennett´s award-winning and hugely popular play, staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it, about education and its purpose.
Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic. The History Boys won numerous awards both at the National Theatre, London, and on Broadway. His collection of prose Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography. Fiction includes The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.
Andrew Bruff is a pioneer in online education. A sought-after school consultant and former Head of English, his teaching videos on YouTube have been viewed over ten million times around the world. He lives on Dartmoor with his wife, Claire and sons Noah and Elijah.