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

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About the show

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

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... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

SDTopper 5"8, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

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

alanyolland1 4 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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... More

HanE 5"7, 61 reviews, 2 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, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

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

dickymail121 6'0, 31 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, the... More

shaun 5"10, 81 reviews, 6 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.... More

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