Humble Boy A Play

Charlotte Jones

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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112 Pages


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Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award of 2001
Winner of the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award of 2002
Winner of the People's Choice Best New Play Award of 2002

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 realizes that his search for unity must include his own chaotic home life.

Humble Boy premièred at the Royal National Theatre, London, in August of 2001 and then transferred to the Gielgud Theatre, London, in 2002.


Praise for Humble Boy

"Sad, very sad; funny, very, very funny . . . This is a seriously wonderful play."—The Sunday Times

"Charlotte Jones [is] one of our most accomplished and entertaining young playwrights."—Financial Times

"Rich, original, intelligent, funny, and touching. I can't recommend this lovely play too highly."—The Daily Telegraph

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  • Charlotte Jones

  • Charlotte Jones is the author of two other plays, In Flame and Martha, Josie, and the Chinese Elvis. She lives in London, England.