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Hobson's Choice

Closed September 10, 2016

"This sly portrait of a cobbler and his class-conscious daughters is shown to be way ahead of its time in Jonathan Church's handsome staging."

The Guardian

Why See Hobson's Choice?


Martin Shaw returns to the West End as one of the greatest characters in English drama, the boisterous, cantankerous Henry Horatio Hobson. First seen at the Theatre Royal Bath, this delicious new production will mark the 100th anniversary of Harold Brighthouse's play about the self-made man who's own pride knows no bounds, even if it costs him his livelihood, and the love of his family.

What is Hobson's Choice about?

Lancashire businessman Henry Horatio Hobson has life sorted - he runs a fairly successful bootmaking business and has three daughters, two of whom he intends to marry off, keeping the 'plainer' of the three as his carer. What he doesn't count on, of course, is this 'plainer' daughter having a mind of her own and not finding his desires for her future very appealing at all! Maggie, the daughter in question, is lucky to have inherited the lion's share of her family's determination and has a plan in mind to redirect her future in a much more desirable direction.

She announces that she is to marry none other than one of her father's employees, the long-suffering tradesman Willie Mossop. Henry disapproves of this union for any and all reasons - class and career being the cherries on top - but is even more horrified to hear that the newly wed duo have now setup a rival bootmaking company! His stubbornness and surly nature seem to have been the undoing of all he has planned - is it too late to change?

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Additional Information


Previews from: 8 June 2016

Opening night: 18 June 2016


Suitable for ages 12 +

Run time

Two hours and ten minutes including one intermission

Cast and Creative


Martin Shaw as Henry Hobson
Naomi Frederick as Maggie Hobson
Bryan Dick as Willy Mossop
Gabrielle Dempsey
Joanna McCallum


Directed by Jonathan Church
Written by Harold Brighthouse
Design by Simon Higlett
Lighting by Tim Mitchell
Sound by Mike Walker
Music by Matthew Scott


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