Hobson's Choice at Vaudeville Theatre tickets
Hobson's Choice at Vaudeville Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Opened: 08 Jun 2016
Press night: 14 Jun 2016
Booking from: 09 Sep 2016
Booking until: 10 Sep 2016

Location and map

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
London, WC2R 0NH

17 Reviews Add review

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

alanyolland1 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 enjoy... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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 5"7, 175 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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

paulnp63 6ft, 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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 6ft, 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This production of Hobson’s Choice is perfectly enjoyable if you like the Brighouse original. Staged in a very traditional way, th... More

shaun 5"10, 99 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This production of Hobson’s Choice is perfectly enjoyable if you like the Brighouse original. Staged in a very traditional way, the performances and direction is all good. However the play as a whole does feel very dated. The humour now feels a bit stale and clichéd and could probably benefit from a contemporary rewrite rather than a very to the book performance. If you’re looking for something original or innovative, then this definitely isn’t for you.

shaun 5"10, 99 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Excellent play. Good play, well directed, and acted. The Vaudeville is rather a smallish and intimate theatre, which lends its... More

dickymail121 6'0, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent play. Good play, well directed, and acted. The Vaudeville is rather a smallish and intimate theatre, which lends itself well to this type of production.

dickymail121 6'0, 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Cast very good. Martin Shaw is brilliant whatever he is in but, for me, it was Bryan Dick playing Willie Mossop that stole the sh... More

marymarks 5' 3", 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Cast very good. Martin Shaw is brilliant whatever he is in but, for me, it was Bryan Dick playing Willie Mossop that stole the show. Maybe he had the best lines but his timing and droll delivery of the lines that made his performance most memorable. From my seat up in the dress circle I was also able to smell the bacon cooking in Act 4.

marymarks 5' 3", 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A stylish production of this heart-warming play, which was first performed in 1916 (two years before women got the vote !!). The r... More

robwilton 5' 11", 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A stylish production of this heart-warming play, which was first performed in 1916 (two years before women got the vote !!). The real stars are Naomi Frederick (as Maggie) and Bryan Dick (as Willie Mossop); strangely the headline TV-names, Martin Shaw and Christopher Timothy, do not make a strong impression, and the former is frankly miscast (and occasionally unintelligible). But the supporting cast is strong, the set and costume designs are excellent (Simon Higlett), and Jonathan Church's production moves along at a cracking pace.

robwilton 5' 11", 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The set was very good and clever with its rotation. The acting was very good, especially Bryan Dick in the role of Willie. The cas... More

HanE 5"7, 57 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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 5"7, 57 reviews, 2 helpful votes