Leave the film festival premieres to the mere mortals -- "The History Boys" is targeting the heir to the British throne.
On Wednesday (Aug. 23), Fox Searchlight announced that its Tony winner and Oscar hopeful will premiere on Oct. 2 for an audience that includes their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who will come down from on high to take in the cinema in London's Leicester Square.
"We felt this was the absolute perfect way to premiere this film," says Fox Searchlight President Peter Rice in a statement. "We couldn't be happier that our World Premiere will be in the presence of their Royal Highnesses. After the phenomena of the play in London and now in New York it's a thrill to have them return triumphantly home to London and bring it all full circle."
Before "History Boys" can make its cinematic premiere, the cast must finish its Broadway run, which goes until Oct. 1. The Allan Bennett-scripted "History Boys" was one of the most decorated plays in Tony history, winning shiny metallic trophies for best play, best actor (Richard Griffiths), best director (Nicholas Hytner) and best featured actress (Frances de la Tour) among others.
"I was delighted Prince Charles enjoyed his visit to the National Theatre to see the 'The History Boys' so much," Hytner says. "Alan Bennett and I were happy to join his summer school for English and History teachers to discuss the issues raised by the play. It is very exciting to be able to welcome him and the Duchess of Cornwall to the World Premiere of the film in England, where it all began. We hope to be able to continue our discussion about the purpose of education and the meaning of history."
The premiere will help raise funds for the Prince's Trust, a youth charity.
The "History Boys" feature, which includes the original London and Broadway cast, will open in the United Kingdom on Oct. 13. American audiences can experience the history starting on Nov. 22.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times