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Tony-Winning 'History Boys' Extended

"The History Boys," the big winner at the 2006 Tony Awards, has extended its Broadway run through Oct. 1. It originally was set to close Sept. 3.

But theatergoers expecting to see the acclaimed original should plan their visits to the Broadhurst Theatre accordingly.

Richard Griffiths, who won a Tony for his portrayal of a beloved yet eccentric teacher, will be out of the Alan Bennett play, July 18-23, to film a movie. He will be replaced by Desmond Barrit.

The Tony-winning Frances de la Tour, who portrays a sardonic teacher, and Clive Merrison, who plays a headmaster in the New York production, will be out of the show July 12-Aug. 20. Both will return Aug. 22 for the remainder of the run. During their absences, their roles will be handled by Maggie Steed and Malcolm Sinclair respectively.

"The History Boys" can't run longer than Oct. 1. The Broadhurst already has been booked with a revival of "Les Miserables," which begins preview performances there Oct. 22. An opening is set for Nov. 9.