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"Humble Boy won numerous awards in the early part of the decade and this revival should enjoy great success, as this extremely talented cast of six makes it a show not to be missed. Within a beautifully designed floral garden they bring forth the joys and sorrows that this riveting play conjures up. The moment Peter Cadden, as George Pye, walks on stage this production really takes off and his character’s vocabulary and antics ensures the audience is not disappointed. It’s a gem of a performance and particularly enjoyed by those who now own bus passes. John Dorney as Felix Humble, gives a masterful performance in a very complex role and creates all sorts of emotions. Pauline Whitaker as Flora Humble, is something of the mother from hell and gives a very accomplished performance. Carole Dance is a joy as the scatty and sometimes irritating Mercy Lott. In a feast of quality acting, both Catherine Harvey (Rosie Pye) and Martin Wimbush (Jim the Gardener) make their own mark in diverse roles."
John Hannam - The Stage

"When it first appeared nearly a decade ago Charlotte Jones' play caused even jaded critics to sit up and take notice. The killer combination of slickly intelligent writing and a riveting tale of unrequited love in the wake of death in a dysfunctional family soon found Humble Boy laden with awards. London Classic Theatre’s revival reminds us what the fuss was about, delivering Jones’ sharply observed comedy with wit and style. Beautifully set in a suburban garden somewhere in middle England, it finds John Dorney in excellent form as Felix Humble, a chaotic thirty-something academic, returning home following the sudden death of his bee-keeping, biology teacher father. This is compelling theatre with a wonderful and highly appropriate sting in the tail."
Jeremy Miles - Bournemouth Daily Echo

"This dark comedy is an instant classic and London Classic Theatre does it proud with a totally professional production which never misses a beat. Every aspect of LCT’s production - set, lighting, casting, performance, pace, direction is spot on - nothing jars and nothing has been skimped on. Sometimes you go to the theatre and you wonder whether you are getting your money’s worth; on this occasion full and memorable value for money was enjoyed by an appreciative sell-out house."
Rod Hancox - Somerset County Gazette

"London Classic Theatre's production of this award-winning play is a refreshing treat to watch. Having seen a run of disappointing performances in the West End, it is a true delight to find a smaller, yet more professional production in which all the actors deliver strong performances, without a single weak link. Particularly impressive were John Dorney's slightly unhinged Felix Humble and Carole Dance's painfully awkward and terribly British Mercy Lott. This intelligent, witty production will strike a chord within the heart of anyone with an ounce of humanity."
Anna Pickles - Remote Goat

"Michael Cabot as Artistic Director has produced a gem with this production. A wonderful set, representing the Cotswold garden complete with shed, stone steps, an abundance of flowers and of course the central beehive! Subtly lit throughout, the frequent authentic buzzing of bees and a stellar cast. The performers being Pauline Whitaker and John Dorney, who take on the complex characters of Flora Humble and Felix Humble as their relationship crumbles, who were both outstanding. Peter Cadden as the foul- mouthed lover George Pye and Catherine Harvey as his daughter Rosie Pye were exceptional bringing a genuine frank and candid quality to their roles. They were ably supported by Martin Wimbush (Jim the gardener) and Jeryl Burgess (Mercy Lott). These half dozen company members brought to life this memorable and much-loved play, which comes highly recommended, and is not surprisingly playing to packed houses."
Jill Lawrie - Remote Goat

Humble Boy

CREATIVE TEAM:
Writer: Charlotte Jones
Directed by Michael Cabot
Designed by Jeremy Daker
Lighting by Peter Foster
Photography: Sheila Burnett

CAST:
Peter Cadden, Carole Dance, John Dorney, Catherine Harvey, Pauline Whitaker and Martin Wimbush (September – November 2008)
Jeryl Burgess, Peter Cadden, John Dorney, Catherine Harvey, Pauline Whitaker and Martin Wimbush (February – June 2009) 

SELECTED VENUES:
Theatre Royal Winchester, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Greenwich Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke, Everyman Palace Cork, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Buxton Opera House, Lighthouse Poole , Civic Theatre Chelmsford and Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire.

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