28th January 2014, 9:23am
The Lincoln Company goes back to school for touring production of Alan Bennett classic
The History Boys A cast of Lincoln dramatists will revisit their school days when they take their touring production of one of the nation’s favourite plays on the road next month.

The History Boys is an award-winning play, written by Alan Bennett in 2004 and adapted into a hugely successful film two years later, which will be brought to life by The Lincoln Company for a run of performances during February 2014.

Showing at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 13th February, the production will then travel to the Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre, where it will complete a week-long residency from Monday 17th February – Saturday 22nd February 2014.

The acclaimed play, set in the 1980s at a fictional Sheffield boys’ grammar school, follows a spirited bunch of sixth-form history students preparing for their Oxford and Cambridge entry exams, under the guidance of three eccentric teachers.

The Lincoln Company – a talented troop of students and graduates from the University of Lincoln’s School of Performing Arts –will be joined in their production by a trio of local actors. The play will be directed by LSPA lecturers Lisa Gaughan and Martin Curtis, assisted by recent graduate, Lucy Barrett.

Lisa said: “It is somehow fitting that we are undertaking a production of The History Boys in the current political climate, where parallels can be drawn between the changes in education in the 1980s and the political landscape of education in 2014.  It is not all about politics of course; it is a play with huge amounts of grace, humour and sensitivity.  For those of a certain age, it will also provoke memories of schooldays in the 1980s and act as a welcome reminder of some of the music we all loved.

“It has been fantastic to welcome local actors and former graduates to work alongside us and we hope our audiences in Lincoln and Louth enjoy the play as much as we do.”

The production, which uses a combination of dynamic staging and multimedia content, marks the third consecutive year that students from the Lincoln School of Performing Arts have embarked on a tour of Lincolnshire’s theatres.

Cast member Danny Ridealgh said: “Being part of The History Boys this year has been most educational! We have all had to develop a firm grasp of what life was like as a teenager attending an eighties grammar school, and aspiring to attend an Oxbridge university. As an ensemble, we have navigated our way through one of Alan Bennett’s most popular theatrical works, which was recently voted the nation’s favourite play in The Stage magazine’s online poll.“

Tickets for The Lincoln Company’s production of The History Boys can be booked via the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Box Office on 01522 837600 or via www.lpac.co.uk, or from the Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre on 01507 600350 or via www.louthplaygoers.com.
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