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

Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

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.