Humble Boy

Charlotte Jones
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ISBN 9780571212873 Format Paperback
Published 20/08/2001 Length 112 pages

About Book

Humble Boy is a comedy about broken vows, failed hopes and the joys of bee-keeping.

All is not well in the Humble hive. Thirty-five-year-old Felix Humble is a Cambridge astro-physicist in search of a unified field theory. Following the sudden death of his father, Felix returns to his middle England home and his difficult and demanding mother, where he soon realises that his search for unity must include his own chaotic home life.

Humble Boy premiered at the Royal National Theatre, London, in August 2001, and transferred to the Gielgud Theatre, London, in 2002. The play was the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2001, the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award 2002, and the People's Choice Best New Play Award 2002.

  • About Charlotte Jones

    Charlotte Jones's first play Airswimming premiered at the Battersea Arts Centre, London and was later broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In Flame premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in 1999 and was revived at the New Ambassadors, London, in September 2000. Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis premiered at the Bolton Octagon in 1999 and transferred to the Liverpool Everyman in May of that year. It won the Manchester Evening News Best Play Award and the Pearson Television Best Play Award of 1999. Charlotte Jones won the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2000 for In Flame and Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis. Humble Boy was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2001, the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award, 2002, and the People's Choice Best New Play Award, 2002. The Dark premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2003, and in 2004 she wrote the book for the musical of The Woman in White (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel), which ran in the West End and on Broadway. The Lightning Play was first performed at the Almeida Theatre, London in 2006.

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