A sad and hilarious reworking of Hamlet

Humble Boy
Humble Boy

Seaford Little Theatre’s opening production of 2015 is the award-winning Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones.

The show is a poignant and hilarious reworking of Hamlet, directed by Cathryn Parker, who gave us Cemetery Club in 2013.

Astrophysicist and socially challenged Felix Humble returns home from his research post in Cambridge for his bee-keeper father’s funeral.

He is immediately at loggerheads with his imperious, self-centred, mother, Flora, who is already in a new relationship with near-neighbour George, the father of Felix’s ex-girlfriend, Rosie. Buzzing about and trying to keep the peace is Flora’s ever-present friend Mercy, who bravely fights a losing battle to restore harmony.

Meanwhile the only person with whom Felix can have any meaningful conversation is the wise gardener Jim.

This is a very English play, set in a summer garden, and features Sylvia Aston, Alan Lade, Clare Forshaw and Trish Richings, as well as new faces Stephen Lowin as Felix and Michael Bulman as Jim the gardener.

It won the Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award and the People’s Choice Best New Play Award in 2002.

This play contains scenes and strong language that some people may find offensive.

The show opens on Friday, February 13, and runs until the following Saturday, February 21, with evening performances from 7.45pm and a matinee on Saturday, February 14, at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from STITCH, 13 Broad Street, Seaford, BN25 1LS (cheque or cash only, no credit cards.) Postal applications should be sent to David Backhouse, 62 Stafford Road, Seaford, BN25 1UA.

They must be accompanied by a cheque made out to ‘Seaford Dramatic Society’ and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If the position you request is not possible the nearest available seats will be sent.

The ticket prices are £8 each, with a special price of £7 each for the first night, the matinée and the last Saturday.