‘History’ locks future

Brit import extends engagements

What do you do when you’ve just nabbed six play awards at the Tonys — tying with the 1949 preem of a little play called “Death of a Salesman”?

If you’re the hit Brit import “The History Boys,” you squeeze out as long a run as you can, given Actors’ Equity limitations on the length of Rialto engagements for U.K. thesps. Post-Tonys, the show added another four weeks to its run, bringing it to the 24-week maximum with a new closing date of Oct. 1.

Among the other play nominees, “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” continues to pull in low grosses — it recently had its best week ever at $222,380 — but right now its producers are committed to keeping it up and running. “The week of the nominations, we had some of our highest wraps to date,” says producer Randall Wreghitt. “We’re solid.”

He hopes to be helped by the fact that by mid-July, “Inishmore” will be one of the few new plays left on Broadway until the fall. As scheduled, fellow nominee “Shining City” finishes off its run as part of the Manhattan Theater Club’s season at the Biltmore July 16, and last season’s Tony winner, “Doubt,” shutters July 2.

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