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Hobson's Choice tickets

Chichester Theatre Festival's artistic director Jonathan Church revived comedy classic Hobson's Choice in 2016, which ran at London's Vaudeville Theatre. After successful preview performances at the Theatre Royal Bath, Hobson's Choice transferred to the West End following the departure of Broadway's Olivier Award-nominated Hand to God. Previews having began on June 8th to warm reviews and the production had a limited run until September 10th 2016.

Written in 1915 by Harold Brighouse, Hobson's Choice follows Henry Horatio Hobson, who is said to be one of England's greatest comic characters. A shopkeeper, self-made man and general skinflint, Hobson has decided that his rebellious daughter Maggie will marry his bootmaker, Will Mossop. When Maggie refuses, a fight is sure to follow, and Hobson must soon choose between his customers, his pride or his daughter.

Martin Shaw starred as the hilarious Hobson, alongside Made in Dagenham's Naomi Frederick as Maggie, Wolf Hall's Bryan Dick as Will Mossop and Gabrielle Dempsey and Joanna McCallum. Shaw is well-known for his starring roles in hit television series' Inspector George Gently and Judge John Deed. His extensive stage credits include playing opposite Laurence Olivier in An Ideal Husband, as well as A Man for All Seasons and Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre.

Hobson's Choice creative team included designer Simon Higlett, lighting designer Tim Mitchell, sound designer Mike Walker and an original score by Matthew Scott. Jonathan Church's production marked 100 years since the play was first performed in the UK, and was the most recent revival since Nadia Fall's updated 1960's version. An unlikely romantic tale brimming with comedy, Hobson's Choice opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on June 8th 2016 and ran until September 2016.

Performance dates: 09 Sep 2016 - 10 Sep 2016

Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Age recommendation: 12+

Special notice: Fans of Martin Shaw will enjoy seeing him in a rare comic role. Those who love Hobson's Choice will definitely love this revival! Suitable for ages 12 and up.

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Latest audience reviews

I enjoyed the show although I felt like it dragged a little in the middle. The show was different to... More

fifilou Top 100 reviewer25 Mar 2017

I enjoyed the show although I felt like it dragged a little in the middle. The show was different to anything I'd seen and I enjoyed the period set and the costumes. The only issue I had was the stage was quite dark and I don't know whether sitting so far away seemed to make this more obvious? Good performances by the actors even if there accents where a little questionable at times. A good show!

fifilou Top 100 reviewer25 Mar 2017
SDTopper 13 Nov 2017

Went with a group to see this and really enjoyed this comic drama about a self-made bootseller, Martin... More

paulnp63 19 Aug 2016

Went with a group to see this and really enjoyed this comic drama about a self-made bootseller, Martin Shaw was brilliant as Henry Hobson, and was the rest of the cast was too, especially those playing the daughters and the guy playing Willie Mossop.

paulnp63 19 Aug 2016

Never seen the show but Martin Shaw turned in a brilliant performance as Henry Hobson. But it is Naomi... More

alanyolland1 02 Aug 2016

Never seen the show but Martin Shaw turned in a brilliant performance as Henry Hobson. But it is Naomi Frederick who steals the show as Maggie, his strong willed Daughter, "Maggie" who actually runs the business while he is in the local pub. A rich, colourful performance who has the perfect foil in Bryan Dick as Will, the shy young man who she has her heart/strong will set on. It is worth it just to see the interplay between Naomi and Bryan and Martin. There is also a strong backup with Hobson's other two daughters, Gabrielle Dempsey as Vicky Hobson and Florence Hall as Alice Hobson. The entire cast transport you seemlessly into the shop and the characters whose lives revolve around it. They create this rich tapestry laid out in front of you as the play progresses. the entire show is funny, witty and a joy to spend an evening out watching. Mention must also be made of the costumes and sets which are works of art in themselves. a Great show and one not to be missed.

alanyolland1 02 Aug 2016

The set was very good and clever with its rotation. The acting was very good, especially Bryan Dick in... More

HanE 02 Jan 2017

The set was very good and clever with its rotation. The acting was very good, especially Bryan Dick in the role of Willie. The cast worked really well together and bought life to the characters.

HanE 02 Jan 2017

A great revival of a 100 year old play. Martin Shaw was undoubtedly the star of the show and played... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer15 Jun 2016

A great revival of a 100 year old play. Martin Shaw was undoubtedly the star of the show and played the hopeless alcoholic father very well. A great set design too. The audience seemed to like it so fingers crossed, it will do well!

joc78 Top 10 reviewer15 Jun 2016
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