Humble Boy By Charlotte Jones

Felix Humble, bumbling Cambridge astrophysicist and cricket enthusiast, returns to the family home following the sudden death of his father. Flora, his difficult and demanding mother is determined to make a fresh start with George, a brash family friend. Secrets come tumbling out as Felix tries to come to terms with the past and what is yet to come.

Threads such as Hamlet, horticulture, black holes and beekeeping are woven into this warm and touching comedy which was first performed at the National Theatre in 2001 - winning the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and the People's Choice Best New Play Award.

Charlotte Jones is hailed by many as the natural successor to both Stoppard and Ayckbourn for her intelligent and richly comic scripts. Oxford Theatre Guild has a long history of performing to both audience and critical acclaim at the Playhouse.

'This is a marvellous play: harsh and forgiving: sad, very sad; funny, very, very funny...a feast.' Sunday Times

Friday, 28 January 2011

Quantum Leap - Humble Boy and Science

One of the intriguing things about Humble Boy as a play is the way Charlotte Jones has incorporated a lot of science into the text.  Our central character, Felix Humble, is a researcher into the complex field of astrophysics.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Meet the Cast

Random Jottings from the Director – First rehearsals...

After many months of planning, rehearsals for Humble Boy have now started and it is a joy to be working with the cast and crew to put this great play on the stage of the Oxford Playhouse.

But why this particular play?

I remember reading it many years ago and loving it for the clever blend of humour and emotional honesty. Charlotte Jones – as any good Oxford-educated author should – manages to combine a whole range of topics with some deftly drawn characters into a script that can make you laugh and cry with some brilliant lines.


Welcome to the new blog for Oxford Theatre Guild's Spring Production - Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones - to be staged at the Oxford Playhouse from 5 to 9 April 2011.

Over the coming weeks, we will be giving you a glimpse into how the show is coming together - with contributions from all the leading players - both cast and crew.

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