About the showFollowing a successful run at Theatre Royal Bath, Hobson’s Choice transferred to London’s Vaudeville Theatre from June. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the first UK performance of Harold Brighouse’s play, which tells the classic story of drunken skinflint Henry Horatio Hobson. The leading cast members from the Theatre Royal Bath production will also appear at the Vaudeville Theatre, including one of the UK’s favourite actors, Martin Shaw.
Hobson’s Choice tells the story of Henry Hobson, a successful shoe-maker who is notoriously tight with money. He spends much of his time in the pub whilst his three daughters work in his shop unpaid. One day, his eldest daughter defies his wishes by choosing to marry Hobson’s employee Will Mossop. Hobson continues his tyrannical behaviour in spite of losing his daughters, customers and pride. But will he ever change his ways to win back the respect of those around him?
Hobson is played by Martin Shaw, who is best known for starring in the popular television series Inspector George Gently, The Professionals and Judge John Deed. Shaw recently appeared on the West End in Twelve Angry Men and A Man for All Seasons. The cast also includes Christopher Timothy, a household name following his work in the long-running BBC series All Creatures Great and Small.
Hobson’s Choice is directed by Jonathan Church, whose many acclaimed theatre credits include Sweeney Todd, Singin’ in the Rain and The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui. With music by Matthew Scott and classic set design and costumes by Simon Higlett, the hugely talented creative team and cast are on course to impress London’s theatre-goers just as they did in Bath.
Who Should See It?Hobson’s Choice is a traditional play that will warm the hearts of most audiences. This classic English drama is full of wit and laughter that can be enjoyed by all.
8th Jun 2016
22nd Jan 2021
10th Sep 2016
2 hours and 10 minutes