Princely preem for ‘Boys’

Pic getting royal treatment in U.K.

Fox Searchlight’s “The History Boys” is getting the royal premiere treatment.

Pic will bow Oct. 2 at Leicester Square in London to an aud that includes the prince of Wales and the duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles and wife Camilla). The cast of Broadway show “The History Boys,” upon which the film is based, will also be in attendance, having just flown in from New York, where the show ends its run on Oct. 1.

Pic will be released in the U.K. on Oct. 13 and in the U.S. on Nov. 22.

The stage version first bowed at London’s National Theater, where Prince Charles saw it.

“We felt this was the absolute perfect way to premiere this film,” said Fox Searchlight president Peter Rice. “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.”

To maintain the world premiere status of the Oct. 2 showing, Fox Searchlight did not screen the pic in any fests.

Shot in between the show’s London and New York runs, the film version stars the same cast as the theater production.

In June, “The History Boys” won six Tony Awards, including play.

Pic pairs up helmer Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett for a second time after “The Madness of King George.” Hytner, Kevin Loader and Damian Jones produced the film, which was financed by DNA Films and BBC Films.

The royal premiere will raise funds for youth charity the Prince’s Trust, which helps improve the lives of troubled people between the ages of 14 and 30.

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