I think there would have been a time when the basic history would have been common knowledge. You could have been certain that when the king comes on at the beginning -- 'So shaken as we are, so wan with care' -- they know he's wan with care because the country's been in a state of perpetual civil war since he deposed the previous king, Richard II.Nicholas Hytner
"Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play/Outstanding Director of a Play" 1994 Carousel (musical)/Carousel"Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play/Outstanding Director of a Play" 2006 The History Boys
/ olivierawards = "Laurence Olivier Award/Best Director"2005 The History Boys
/ tonyawards = "Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical/Best Direction of a Musical" 1994 Carousel (musical)/Carousel"Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play/Best Direction of a Play"2006 The History Boys
"Sir Nicholas Robert Hytner" (born 7 May 1956) is the Director of London's Royal National Theatre/National Theatre (until March 2015) and a theatre, film and opera director whose major successes include Miss Saigon, The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors.More Nicholas Hytner on Wikipedia.
I had a guess what it might be about, but this took me completely by surprise. And he delivers a play, as he puts it, before he truly knows what it's about. He wants a conversation about what it is that appears to be working, and where it is he appears to be going. Until he's got to that point, nobody knows about it.Nicholas Hytner