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

Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Final Countdown

We only have 4 rehearsals left before Humble Boy enters the theatre...!

Excellent progress has been made in all areas of the production and I have every confidence that come Sunday 3 April, we will be ready to hit the ground running.

The set is looking great - credit to Vince for his design (and amazing paintwork) and David and the build team for a tree-mendous effort.  You will be impressed when you see it.

The props list is nearly complete, the costumes are just about there, the sound effects and music are approaching the final edit.

Ah yes, and the cast.  What can I say about the cast?  Well, they have been putting in hours and hours of top quality work (often under trying circumstances - with interruptions from loud ballet dancers, lost choir members and bewildered Brazilians!).  They have really started to inhabit their characters and the play has really come alive in a very special way.

If you haven't booked, I would urge you to do so - this has been a huge team effort.  Support us and have a great night out!

See you at the Playhouse

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