Humble Boy

BY CHARLOTTE JONES
08 March 2018 — 14 April 2018

★★★★ "Paul Miller’s superb revival... Selina Cadell’s performance, one of the best pieces of acting you will see anywhere. All the performances are perfectly in key. Jonathan Broadbent plays Felix as a man steeped in theoretical science but unable to cope with life, Belinda Lang brings out the cruelty of his appearance-obsessed mother and Paul Bradley plays her neighbour with the right lascivious bombast. Simon Daw’s garden set also suggests a Cotswold Eden filled not only with bees but with hidden serpents." Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★ "a sparkling revival of a modern classic... both very clever and very funny... fast and furious, with each character brilliantly delineated... still fresh and relevant." Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph

★★★★ "The Orange Tree Theatre is making an excellent habit of dusting off exactly the plays from the recent past that you most want to see... It's a generous play, with hope in its heart, and it feels very good to spend an evening in its company." 
Sarah Crompton, WhatsOnStage

★★★★ "The Orange Tree stage looks blooming marvellous for this entertaining revival of Charlotte Jones’s play...  Paul Miller’s production is both funny and touching." Jane Edwardes, The Sunday Times

★★★★ “This is a delightful staging, nostalgic and bittersweet, refreshing as a long sip of Pimm’s... As immediately impressive as Simon Daw’s design is (augmented nicely by Max Pappenheim’s subtle sounds of buzzing bees), Miller’s revival delivers more than just a lush aesthetic. There are six fantastic performances here too, and like the surrounding horticulture, they complement each other.” Rosemary Waugh, The Stage

★★★★ "Charlotte Jones’s 2001 play fuses Alan Ayckbourn’s agonising humour with the artful eloquence of Tom Stoppard, and Paul Miller’s revival — festooned with greenery by designer Simon Daw — cherishes its quirks… achieving warmth and poignancy... satisfyingly intricate and sometimes blissfully funny, and Miller’s well-cast production has a touching generosity." Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

★★★★ “Good programming is an art, and Paul Miller is clearly on a continuous roll… Jones's writing is not only delightfully quirky, it is also generous in spirit and bursting with cleverness. Miller's highly enjoyable production, whose designer Simon Daw produces a garden full of fragrant blooms, is full of pleasurable moments” Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk

★★★★ “Paul Miller’s production fizzes over with energy and half-concealed menace... Jones tears this family apart with the precision of a secateur-wielding botanist.” Alice Saville, Time Out

“A masterclass in writing from Charlotte Jones… this quite brilliant comedy… helmed by Paul Miller, that tears through its comic scenes at full pelt – laughing out loud is an inevitability as this is hilarious – yet breaks through into moments of real tenderness and heartfelt connection…” Victoria Sadler