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Hobson's Choice


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About Hobson's Choice

Henry Horatio Hobson is one of the greatest comic characters in English drama. A 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 bootmaker, 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.

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the first UK production of Hobson's Choice, Harold Brighouse's classic comedy, which is rich with laughter, wit and warmth.

The play stars Martin Shaw. He's one of the UK's favourite actors, well-known for appearing 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. Shaw's 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.

"Tip top performances, high production values, EXTREMELY WELL DONE." – The Times ****

"Martin Shaw on superb form...A DELIGHTFUL PRODUCTION" – Daily Telegraph ****

"Martin Shaw...perfect" – Mail on Sunday ****