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The History Boys - win a screenplay and merchandise

The History Boys

Compiled by Jack Foley

THE film version of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys opens in cinemas on October 13 after taking the theatrical world by storm.

In play form, Bennett’s work – directed by Nicholas Hytner – won Olivier and Tony awards and countless independent trophies.

In film form, it’s just as funny, thought provoking and poignant. The story remains the same…

Eight bright, funny history students in the north of England in the mid 1980s are pursuing an undergraduate place at the country’s two finest universities.

Their headmaster is obsessed with breaking into the ranks of those schools that regularly send boys up to Oxford and Cambridge and enlists Irwin, a shrewd newcomer, to coach the boys into intellectual shape for the trials ahead.

Seduced though they are by the exam-busting bag of tricks offered by the temporary supply teacher, the boys are torn by their loyalty to the hugely eccentric, poetry-spouting English master Hector and the cavalier Irwin.


To celebrate the release of the film, IndieLondon has teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox to offer readers the chance to win one of five special History Boys merchandise packs.

Each pack contains a pen, polo shirt and key chain.

One lucky overall winner, meanwhile, will win a copy of The History Boys screenplay.

All you have to do is answer the following question…

Q. Name the actor who plays eccentric English teacher Hector in The History Boys – clue, the answer is in our review

Simply send the answer to The History Boys competition and include your name, address and email.

Good luck!

  1. It was excellent

    s. langton    Oct 14    #