Combining echoes of Hamlet, the life of bees, and astrophysics, this warm and touching comedy was first performed at the British National Theatre in 2001. The original cast included Diana Rigg and Simon Russell Beale. Humble Boy won Best New Play awards from Critics’ Circle and People’s Choice, while The Daily Telegraph wrote: ‘Rich, original, intelligent, funny and touching. I can’t recommend this lovely play too highly.’
Felix Humble, a bumbling Cambridge astrophysicist, returns home for his father’s funeral. He finds Flora, his elegant but difficult mother, has already replaced his gentle father with the vulgar George Pye. Meanwhile, kindly neighbour Mercy Lott buzzes round doing all the work. Secrets come flying out as Felix struggles with the past and what is yet to come.
The reading, directed by Ken Sonkin (CCCT’s 2015 production of The Foreigner) features Scarlett Hepworth as Flora Humble, Ryan O’Donnell as Felix Humble, Mary Beth Smith as Mercy Lott, John Mercer as George Pye, Elissa Beth Stebbins as Rosie Pye, and Craig Neibaur as Jim .
This one-night-only reading, part of CCCT’s ongoing Reading Stage series, plays April 25 at 7pm in the Terrace Room at the theatre. Admission is free, with a suggested $10 donation. Seating is limited.
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