Online reading: “The History Boys” by Alan Bennett

Nothing could diminish the incendiary achievement of this subtle, deep-wrought and immensely funny play about the value and meaning of education … in short, a superb, life-enhancing play.

Michael Billington, The Guardian, 19 May 2004

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 play, staff-room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose.

The reading will take place on Sunday 30 May at 11.00, online via Zoom. We shall read Act 1, with the option of reading Act 2 at a later date.

How to take part

Tagora members and friends are welcome to join us online. For a personal invitation, please e-mail As for the last play we plan to distribute roles in advance. Please say whether you would like to read or form part of the audience.

Future readings

Future plays will be announced in due course. If you have a proposal for us to add to the programme, let us know at

Hope to see you soon!