Grand Opera House, York
Mon Jun 8-Sat Jun 13 @ 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm matinee
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Known to millions of Hollyoaks fans as the sharp-tongued fashionista George Smith, actor Steven Roberts is set to take to the Grand Opera House stage as the lovelorn Posner in a critically-acclaimed production of Alan Bennett’s classic play The History Boys. Pete Wise caught up with George to talk touring, coming of age, and life after Hollyoaks.
Tell us a little about the play.
He’s got his sights set on them getting in to Oxford and Cambridge, and he brings in a new, younger teacher to give them the tips and the moulding that they need to get there.
Within the school there’s a clash between the old style of teaching and the new, and at the same time all the boys are kind of finding out who they are.
It’s got humour, quite touching moments, and it makes you think a bit as well
It’s a lovely play – it’s got a bit of everything in it. It’s got humour, quite touching moments, and it makes you think a bit as well.
How would you describe your character, Posner?
All the boys are brilliant, vivacious characters – they’ve all got a lovely zest for life and they all kind of bounce off each other. Some of them are a bit cheekier than the others.
Is he similar to your Hollyoaks character?
Do you and the rest of the cast have plans while you’re in York?
For the main part we have the days free, so we can go off and explore the cities. When we were in Blackpool a few weeks ago we had a great day out at the Pleasure Beach! We’re all looking forward to York because it’s so beautiful.
The music really made the film adaptation of the play. Can we expect more of the same here?
This is my professional debut in theatre. I did three years in Hollyoaks, but this is my first professional theatre job since drama school. It’s an amazing experience – I’m really lucky we’ve got such a brilliant cast.