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The History Boys UK tour set for 2015

A new production of The History Boys will tour the UK in 2015
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Alan Bennett’s The History Boys is to tour the UK in a new production in 2015, which will see 200 free tickets given to new theatregoers.

It will begin its run at the Palace Theatre in Southend-on-Sea on January 26, before touring to 16 venues including Brighton’s Theatre Royal, the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, Blackpool Grand Theatre, the Millenium Forum in Londonderry and York’s Grand Opera House. Further dates and casting have yet to be announced.

The tour will be directed by Kate Saxon and is produced by Sell a Door Theatre Company, which is currently producing the UK tour of Avenue Q.

The History Boys was recently voted the nation’s favourite play, following a survey by English Touring Theatre to celebrate its 21st birthday.

ETT is collaborating with Sell a Door Theatre Company by providing 100 free pairs of tickets across the tour to audience members attending their local theatre for the first time.

David Hutchinson, artistic director of Sell a Door Theatre Company, said: “We are delighted to be launching our 2015 season with the UK revival tour of the nation’s favourite play by one of Britain’s most cherished playwrights. Sell a Door prides itself on engaging young adults in live theatre, and our partnership with English Touring Theatre subsidising free tickets will allow hundreds of first-time patrons to see this critically acclaimed play.”