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Theatre celebrates as Bennett play sells out.

BIRMINGHAM theatre is celebrating a sell-out run on Alan Bennett's latest play before the show has even opened.

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.

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