Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre, London
Booking to 10 September 2016
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Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre starring Martin Shaw

Jonathan Church directs Harold Brighouse’s classic comic love story of a Salford cobbler with three unruly daughters that owes more than a little to King Lear and Cinderella. The homage is purely intentional.

2016 will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the first UK production of Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy, which is rich with laughter, wit and warmth.

Hobson’s Choice runs from 8 June 2016 until 10 September 2016 at the Vaudeville Theatre.


Henry Horatio Hobson is one of the greatest comic characters in English drama. Self-made man, shopkeeper, skinflint and boozer, he’s a tyrant to his daughters and a law unto himself.

When Maggie, his eldest daughter, defies Hobson’s wishes by marrying Will Mossop, his own boot-maker, a battle of wills begins in which he stands to lose his customers, his girls and his pride, but ultimately it is Hobson’s choice.


The cast includes Martin Shaw as Henry Horatio Hobson, Naomi Frederick (The Heresy of Love, The Globe) as Maggie Hobson, Bryan Dick (Seminar, Hampstead Theatre) as Willy Mossop, Gabrielle Dempsey (The Rehearsal, Chichester Festival Theatre) as Vickey Hobson and Joanna McCallum (The Importance of Being Earnest, Salisbury Playhouse) as Mrs Hepworth.

Martin Shaw is one of the UK’s favourite actors, well-known for starring in Inspector George Gently, Judge John Deed, and The Professionals on television. His stage roles include Saturday, Sunday, Monday opposite Laurence Olivier; he was Tony Award nominated for An Ideal Husband on Broadway and won a Drama Desk award. Recent West End credits include A Man for All Seasons and Twelve Angry Men.


Jonathan Church directs playwiret Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice.

Artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre since 2006, where his acclaimed productions have included Taken at Midnight, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Singin’ in the Rain, Jonathan Church has recently been appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company.

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 10 September 2016

Important Notes

Running Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes Age Restrictions: 12+

Venue Information

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 7A, 91, 139, 176

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