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Palm Beach Dramaworks
The History Boys
Alan Bennett
Due to popular demand,  Alan Bennett's  The History Boys has been extended by Palm Beach Dramaworks through January 10 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. Originally scheduled to close on January 3, the play will receive four additional performances: Friday, January 8 at 8pm; Saturday, January 9 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, January 10 at 2pm. Performances through January 3 are either sold out or have limited availability. The show MUST close on January 10.
The History Boys , which won the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play, is an entertaining and erudite work set at a boys' school in Northern England in the 1980s that poses fundamental questions about education which resonate strongly in twenty-first century America: Should the primary goal of education be to prepare students to ace their exams - that is, should teachers "teach to the test?" Or should schools be more concerned with imparting a love of learning, of developing students eager to pursue knowledge?
Hector is an unconventional teacher whose mission is to open the minds of his pupils. As the Headmaster puts it, he is "not curriculum-directed at all." But there's a newcomer who is; a young, cynical teacher named Irwin who trains the students to prepare to face the examiners at Cambridge and Oxford.
"It is hard to fathom any other theater in the area tackling as idea-packed a play as The History Boys or producing it as well as Palm Beach Dramaworks," Hap Erstein wrote in The Palm Beach Post. "The cast is magnificent," Rod Stafford Hagwood said in the Sun Sentinel.
Directed by J. Barry Lewis, The History Boys features four actors very familiar to PBD audiences. Colin McPhillamy plays Hector, Rob Donohoe is the Headmaster, Cliff Burgess portrays Irwin, and Angie Radosh plays another teacher, Mrs. Lintott. Their students, all new to PBD, are played by Jelani Alladin, Colin Asercion, Kristian Bikic, Kyle Branzel, Mike Magliocca, Matthew Minor, John Evans Reese, and Nathan Stark. Scenic design is by Victor Becker, costume design is by Erin Amico, lighting design is by Paul Black, and sound design is by Tyler Kieffer.

Alan Bennett has had a long and prolific career as a playwright, screenwriter (for film and television), actor, and author. Born in Leeds, England in 1934, he studied history at Oxford University and taught there for several years. But he left academia behind in 1960, when he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in the revue Beyond the Fringe with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathan Miller. The show, which the four men co-wrote, was an instant hit, and went on to huge success in London and New York. Bennett continued to act and write, and in 1968 his first play, Forty Years On, was produced on the West End and starred John Gielgud. His best-known plays are The History Boys (2004) and The Madness of George III (1991), both of which premiered at the National Theatre and were subsequently made into films, with Bennett writing the screenplays.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
The History Boys plays a special schedule through January 3 because of the holidays. Please check the website or call the box office for details. Evening performances Monday through Saturday are at 8pm, and all matinees are at 2pm. The one remaining Sunday evening performance, on December 27, is at 7pm. Once again, the added performances are January 8 and 9 at 8pm, and January 9 and 10 at 2pm.     
Individual tickets are $64. Student tickets are available for $10; tickets for educators are half price with proper ID (other restrictions apply). Group rates for 20 or more and discounted season subscriptions are also available.

The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, or visit
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