Humble Boy

By Charlotte Jones

“At least those bastard bees are gone!”

Set in the late 1990s, this superb, multi-award-winning comedy, inspired by Hamlet, explores the tensions inherent in family life. Felix Humble, the unlikely hero, returns to his family home after his father’s death. His mother, Flora, has got rid of all of her husband’s belongings, including the bees which he kept. The reunion of mother and son sparks old animosities and leads to the hilarious unravelling of a multitude of family secrets, not least his mother’s plans to wed her long-term lover.

This imaginative play premiered at the National Theatre in 2001, winning two Olivier Awards and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play. Its sharp humour is both wickedly funny and darkly poignant.

Performances June, July & August

Due to language and content, the play is suitable for ages 15 and over.


TESTIMONIALS

"One of the finest things to do this summer."
The Sunday Times

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"One of England's premier alfresco theatre venues."
The Stage

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"It really was superb... the scenery, costumes and actors were all fantastic, as per usual... another brilliant production."
Tracy (patron watching Hobson’s Choice in 2017)

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"One of the most entertaining plays I have seen in a long time."
Carol (patron watching Hobson’s Choice in 2017)

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"First experience yesterday and will most definitely be back... as good as any West End show I've seen... just brilliant."
Jo (patron watching A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2017)

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"One of the funniest and best performances I’ve seen in over 25 years of visiting Tolethorpe for my annual fix of Shakespeare."
Melissa (patron watching Much Ado About Nothing in 2017)

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"Hilarious... the production was inventive... the acting was superb... this was one of my most enjoyable experiences at a Shakespeare production ever."
Steve (patron watching Much Ado About Nothing in 2017)

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"Reaching new levels of excellence and innovation... some of the most compelling acting I've seen at Tolethorpe, full of passion and humanity and delivered with crystal clear diction."
Peterborough Telegraph (review of Much Ado About Nothing in 2017)

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"Best play I've seen at Tolethorpe... amazing comic timing... laughing out loud... fantastic play."
Stamford Mercury (review of Much Ado About Nothing in 2017)

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"The set design is excellent... the audience in stitches... a hoot."
Sardines Magazine (review of Much Ado About Nothing in 2017)

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"Excellent sets... another outstanding performance... nicely judged and hilariously managed."
Peterborough Telegraph (review of Hobson’s Choice in 2017)

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"Excellently played... the comic timing of lines is perfect."
Sardines Magazine (review of Hobson’s Choice in 2017)

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"Rollicking rendition of a classic comedy... talented cast... great comic timing... had the audience in stitches."
Leicester Mercury (review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2017)

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"First class... costumes are marvellous... actors are all excellent... the audience rock with laughter."
Sardines Magazine (review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2017)

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"We hugely enjoyed our evening, including a rattling good performance of Hamlet."
Richard Todd OBE (guest of honour at a production of Hamlet in 2000)

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