Hobson’s Choice at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Open Air Theatre, London

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Classic comedy love story Hobson’s Choice comes to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Starring Emmerdale’s Karl Davis, this brand new production of Harold Brighouse’s much-loved classic Hobson’s Choice is directed by Nadia Fall (The Doctor’s Dilemma -National Theatre).

The 1954 film version directed by David Lean introduced this story to an international audience, and the play remains a delightful comedy drama offering a vivid picture of working class life.


Hobson’s Choice is the tale of a Salford cobbler with three unruly daughters. From the cobbles of Lancashire, bombastic boot-shop owner Henry Horatio Hobson takes umbrage at his daughter’s intention to marry long-suffering bootmaker Willie Mossop.

Through her determination, the couple weds, set up a rival establishment and orchestrate Hobson’s fall from grace. But it is Willie who triumphs in this unlikely love story, as newfound fortitude deals a resolution that is ‘Hobson’s choice’.


Emmerdale’s Karl Davis plays the role of Willy Mossop. Best known for his role as Robert Sugden in long-running TV soap Emmerdale, his stage credits include The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre) and Propeller’s The Winter’s Tale directed by Edward Hall.

Cast also includes Mark Benton and Jodie McNee.

Important Notes

WEATHER POLICY: The auditorium and stage are completely uncovered. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre will make every effort to complete the performance and reserve the right to stop and start the action as necessary. Performances are never cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of very bad weather. If cancellation or abandonment is unavoidable, ticket holders will be entitled to equivalent seats for any other performance in the main repertoire (excludes one-off comedy, music and film events), subject to availability. Refunds are not given for cancellation or abandonment as a result of the weather. In any event, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk and not refundable by us. Where tickets were purchased at a promotional rate, alternative performances will still be offered but may be restricted. Music, comedy and film events (which are one-off events and not part of the main repertoire) take place regardless of weather conditions. of the main repertoire) take place regardless of weather conditions.

Theatre Information

Open Air Theatre
Address: Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR
Nearest Tube or Train: Baker Street (Bakerloo line, Circle line, Hammersmith and City line, Jubilee line, Metropolitan line) or Regent's Park (Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274

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