Theatre celebrates as Bennett play sells out.
The History Boys kicks off a national tour at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre tonight and tickets for all two weeks of performances have already been snapped up.
The full house - only the fourth in six years - comes despite last week's news that Anton Rodgers had been forced to pull out.
The History Boys, which takes the audience into a state school class of Oxbridge hopefuls, has been a huge success in London and New York.
Despite the sell-outs, the theatre is promising there will still a chance to see the show as standing tickets will be available on each day.
Artistic director Rachel Kavanaugh said: "To be sold-out a week before opening is a great start to our autumn season."
See tomorrow's Birmingham Mail for an interview with Isla Blair, who stars in The History Boys.
POPULAR... Alan Bennett.