'The History Boys' was premiered at the National Theatre in 2004. It won three Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Play, Best Actor (Richard Griffiths) and Best Direction (Nicholas Hytner). Alan Bennett also received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre. The play subsequently went to Broadway in 2006 where it won six Tony Awards.
Set in the 1980s, history pupils at a grammar school in Sheffield are preparing for the Oxbridge entrance examinations with help from three teachers: Hector (Richard Griffiths), Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore) and Lintott (Frances de la Tour), under the headmaster (Clive Merrison). The boys were played by Sam Anderson (Crowther), Samuel Barnett (Posner), Dominic Cooper (Dakin), James Corden (Timms), Jamie Parker (Scripps), Sacha Dhawan (Akthar), Russell Tovey (Rudge) and Andrew Knott (Lockwood).