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'History Boys' film to make debut

Oct. 13, 2006 at 7:02 PM

LONDON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The film "The History Boys," an adaptation of Alan Bennett's award-winning play of the same name, is set to make its debut Friday at theaters across London.

Like the Tony and Olivier Award-winning play, the film version of "History Boys" focuses on a group of history students who learn about the concepts surrounding education as they struggle to be accepted at Oxford or Cambridge, Playbill reported.

Not only did Bennett write the script for the film, which is due out in the United States on Nov. 21, but he was joined in the film's production by members of the play's original cast, including actor Richard Griffiths.

The Fox Searchlight Pictures film will attempt to capitalize on the popularity and success of the stage production, which in June won six Tony awards including Best Play, and saw its Broadway run extended to meet the increasing demand from the public, said Playbill.

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