The History Boys

ALAN Bennett just has a way of telling a story – and The History Boys, it has to be said, is no exception. Here he weaves a story around a group of public school students all in need of a place of university – and the need of the headmaster that he can pr

ALAN Bennett just has a way of telling a story - and The History Boys, it has to be said, is no exception.

Here he weaves a story around a group of public school students all in need of a place of university - and the need of the headmaster that he can produce candidates for Oxbridge.

Bennett, as usual, makes a social comment on education and he compares one system of teaching history with another.

Certainly his comments would be recognised in educational circles.


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But there is, too, the usual Bennett wit: the way of turning the drama into an almost comic scene with brilliant effect.

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