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The History Boys (2006) Poster

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The cast for this are the same cast who appeared in the original play at the National Theatre in London, UK.
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Filmed in 30 days.
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A large number of the actors in The History Boys also appear in Gavin and Stacey.
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The film is based on the award winning play by Alan Bennett, which ran at the National Theatre in London from May 2004 until April 2005.
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Many of the extras in the film are also members of staff at the National Theatre in London (where Nicholas Hytner is the artistic director) who were invited to visit the set and have the chance of appearing in the finished film.
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The story is set in the early 1980s because shortly after this Oxford and Cambridge changed their entrance system and abolished the seventh-term post-A-level entrance exams.
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Samuel Barnett was nominated for the 2005 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The History Boys" and recreated the role in this production.
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Richard Griffiths won the 2006 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The History Boys" as Hector and recreated his role in this production.
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The original Broadway production of "The History Boys" by Alan Bennett opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York on April 23, 2006, ran for 185 performances and won the 2006 Tony Award for the Best Play. Samuel Anderson, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Dominic Cooper, Sacha Dhawan, Jamie Parker, Stephen Campbell Moore, Russell Tovey, Colin Haigh, Samuel Barnett and Andrew Knott recreated their Broadway roles in this filmed production. Samuel Barnett was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Alan Bennett also wrote the teleplay for this filmed production.
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At one point it is said of Hector that he likes Auden. Richard Griffiths, who plays Hector, went on to play Auden in 'The Habit Of Art' also written by Alan Bennett.
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Richard Griffiths' character rides a Velocette motorcycle
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In the scene following the reenactment of the final scene of "Now Voyager" with Bette Davis and Paul Henreid, a picture of Bette Davis is clearly visible over Hector's shoulder.
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