Beale and Rigg to Play in Scientific Humble Boy in London, Aug. 9

News   Beale and Rigg to Play in Scientific Humble Boy in London, Aug. 9 The National Theatre's newest play, Charlotte Jones's The Humble Boy, which opens on Aug. 9, is the latest in a number of plays that bring complicated scientific theories to life on stage.

The National Theatre's newest play, Charlotte Jones's The Humble Boy, which opens on Aug. 9, is the latest in a number of plays that bring complicated scientific theories to life on stage. The most successful recent scientific drama in the West End was Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, which enjoyed a long run at the Duchess Theatre until a few months ago, and in which the audience had to concentrate intensely on the theory of nuclear physics: a subject which Frayn and his cast amazingly made intelligible - even if only temporarily - to the general public.

Tom Stoppard's Arcadia similarly brought mathematics to a mass audience, while Jones' The Humble Boy deals with an astrophysicist (played by Simon Russell Beale) with Freudian problems - as well as providing a new take on Hamlet, the play in whose National Theatre production Beale has had a year-long international success. Russell Beale's ghastly mother is played by Dame Diana Rigg, who memorably played the ultimate mother-from-hell, Medea, in London and New York nine years ago.

—by Paul Webb Theatrenow