Chris Brown (Polaroids & Polar Bears)

A true classic which every theatre-goer should see It was back to the 80’s last night for an evening of synth-pop, sex, scandal and scholarship as Alan Bennett’s multi-award winning play, The History Boys took to the stage at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Voted the nation’s favourite play, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and rather unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. With a headmaster who is obsessed with results, a maverick English teacher who leads entire lessons in French and a young supply teacher who thinks the holocaust was “just another event”, the students have to learn for themselves whether the truth always gets them where they want to go. Originally performed at The National Theatre, the 2015 tour is courtesy of Sell A Door Theatre Company, who have a lot to live up to. Without a doubt though Sell A Door deliver what the audience want. Raw nerves are hit as these post A Level students prepare for life after school leading to both laughter and tears. Steven Roberts’ performance as Posner, the ‘small jewish homosexual’ is a real stand out. Impromptu skits from classic films such as Brief Encounters add a whole new element to the play, leaving the audience in fits of hysterics. Richard Hope, who plays loveable English teacher Hector, reminds the audience of their own favourite teachers and what they loved about school. A true testament to the original 2004 production, The History Boys is a true classic which every theatre-goer should see.