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The History Boys. An original hand-corrected script for the very first production of Bennett's multi-award-winning play.
2004 - Ninety-two loose-leaved hole-punched sheets printed on rectos only. The cover sheet shows the printed text "Typed 13th January 2004 / Revised 20th January 2004 / Revised 18th February 2004" and then in Bennett's hand "Revised 16 March 2004" - just two days prior to the opening night. There are corrections and alterations in Bennett's hand on almost every page, some in pencil and others in red ink, including the replacement of a number lines by much lengthier monologues, this new text occasionally written onto the adjacent versos. In other instances replacement sheets with new dialogue have been taped over the original text or onto the versos, and some of these revisions then subsequently altered. Also included are two copies of the actors scripts, unbound A5 format, printed on both sides; the first a printed version dated 13th January 2004, and the second a photocopied typeset undated version, but clearly one of the first two revisions and including further printed alterations. These scripts came from the collection of Andrew Speed, Stage Manager of the National Theatre who occasionally appeared in certain performances as and when stand-ins were required. Almost anybody connected with the production could be called upon at any time to make up the numbers of the non-speaking cast - all that was needed was a white shirt, black trousers and the Cutlers' Grammar School tie. Andrew's prop school tie is included with the scripts. A unique and very desirable item. The play opened at the Lyttelton Theatre in London on 18 May 2004 where it played to sell-out audiences and its limited run was frequently extended. Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and Best Actor (Richard Giffiths) with subsequent productions winning both a Laurence Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Play.
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