Hobson's Choice

Hobson's Choice

Harold Brighouse's classic comic love story is the tale of a Salford cobbler with three unruly daughters that owes more than a little to King Lear and Cinderella. The homage is purely intentional.

Martin Shaw is one of the UK’s favourite actors, well-known for starring in Inspector George Gently, Judge John Deed, and The Professionals on television. His stage roles include Saturday, Sunday, Monday opposite Laurence Olivier; he was Tony Award nominated for An Ideal Husband on Broadway and won a Drama Desk award. Recent West End credits include A Man for All Seasons and Twelve Angry Men.

Christopher Timothy is best-known for his roles as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and Mac in the BBC series Doctors. 

Artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre since 2006, where his acclaimed productions have included Taken at Midnight, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Singin’ in the Rain, Jonathan Church has recently been appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company.



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Hobson's Choice running time: 
2 hours and 10 minutes
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Henry Horatio Hobson is one of the greatest comic characters in English drama. Self-made man, shopkeeper, skinflint and boozer, he's a tyrant to his daughters and a law unto himself.When Maggie, his eldest daughter, defies Hobson's wishes by marrying Will Mossop, his own boot-maker, a battle of wills begins in which he stands to lose his customers, his girls and his pride, but ultimately it is Hobson's choice.

Suitable for 12+
Harold Brighouse
Theatre Royal Bath
Jonathan Church
Tim Mitchell
Mike Walker
Simon Higlett
Simon Higlett
Cast list:
Martin Shaw, Naomi Frederick, Bryan Dick Gabrielle Dempsey and Joanna McCallum

Vaudeville Theatre

404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Nearest tube:
Charing Cross

Hobson's Choice Customer reviews

Our Hobson's Choice Review

  Very, very old-fashioned, but respectfully and respectably done. Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice, set in Greater Manchester's Salford in 1880 and originally premiered in 1916, is a play wears its heart on its sleeve and its art even in its title, which has come to colloquially refer to being offered a choice where there is none at all: where you're being invited to take it or leave it.

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