'History Boys' to open to a Royal audience

Aug. 24, 2006 at 7:15 PM

LONDON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Fox Searchlight Pictures has set a date to screen "The History Boys" -- a film adaptation of the Tony-winning play -- for a royal audience in London.

The film will premiere on Oct. 2 for an audience to include the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in London's Leicester Square, Zap2it.com reported Thursday.

"We felt this was the absolute perfect way to premiere this film," said Fox Searchlight President Peter Rice.

The play opened in London before moving to Broadway, where it won six Tony Awards -- including best play, best director for Nicholas Hytner and best actor for Richard Griffiths. Hytner also directed the feature film.

Written by Alan Bennett, "The History Boys" is about a class of bright but undisciplined history students hoping to get into Oxford or Cambridge.

The Oct. 2 movie premiere will help raise funds for the Prince's Trust, a youth charity.

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