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Humble Boy

Charlotte Jones
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My husband is dead and my only son, who has grown fat and strange, has just run away from his own father’s funeral. I’ll be fine. Fine. At least those bastard bees are gone.

Felix Humble is drawn back to his family home after the death of his father, a biology teacher and amateur beekeeper. There in the garden he finds his waspish mother Flora, her downtrodden friend Mercy and the suspiciously ever-present local businessman George Pye. His daughter Rosie was once involved with Felix. Felix is an astrophysicist who discovers that solving the riddle of his emotional life is considerably more challenging than the quest for a unified string theory.

Charlotte Jones’ family comedy won the Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award following its premiere at the National Theatre, London, in 2001. The play was revived at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in March 2018.

‘Sad, very sad: funny, very very funny… this is a seriously wonderful play.’ Sunday Times

‘Rich, original, intelligent, funny and touching… I can’t recommend this lovely play too highly.’ Daily Telegraph

Critic Reviews

‘When Humble Boy opened at the National in 2001, its author Charlotte Jones was immediately and quite rightly hailed as a new and exciting voice in British theatre… Jones's crisp, rhythmical dialogue mixed reflections on grief with discussions of super-string theory….It is fast and furious, with each character brilliantly delineated…still fresh and relevant.’

Critic Reviews

‘Fuses Alan Ayckbourn’s agonising humour with the artful eloquence of Tom Stoppard.’

Evening Standard
Critic Reviews

‘Jones's writing is not only delightfully quirky, it is also generous in spirit and bursting with cleverness.’

The Arts Desk

Charlotte Jones has written six stage plays: Airswimming, In Flame, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, Humble Boy, The Dark and The Lightning Play. She won the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright award 1999. Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis won the Pearson TV Best New Play Award and Manchester Evening News Best New Play Award 1999. Humble Boy won…

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