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Hobson’s Choice – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Harold Brighouse Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Atri Banerjee Reviewer: May Mellstrom Harold Brighouse’s 1916 classic comedy Hobson’s Choice, set in a Salford cobbler’s shop in 1880, last graced the stage of the Royal Exchange in 2003, mere months before playwright Tanika Gupta’s adaptation, featuring a present-day family of Ugandan Asian tailor’s, premiered at the Young Vic Theatre in London.  ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Hobson's Choice - Gabrielle Dempsey (Vickey Hobson), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Florence Hall (Alice Hobson) -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer:Maryam Philpott You may be forgiven for thinking the London has developed a bit of a foot fetish for on the Strand in neighbouring theatres there are currently two shows about shoe-making. While the musical Kinky Boots has been delighting audiences and winning awards for the best part of a year, nearby in the ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Hobson's Choice - Gabrielle Dempsey (Vickey Hobson), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Florence Hall (Alice Hobson) -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Dave Smith It’s 100 years since Harold Brighouse’s ever-popular Hobson’s Choice premiered in the UK, having surprisingly first been produced in New York a year earlier, and as director Jonathan Church departs the Chichester Festival Theatre after 10 years for his new role as Artistic Director for Sydney Theatre Company, he leaves us ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Milton Keynes Theatre

Hobson's Choice Joanna McCallum (Mrs Hepworth), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), in background Florence Hall (Alice) - -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathon Church Reviewer: Maggie Constable   Henry Horatio Hobson has made his choice and joins us at Milton Keynes this week, 2016 marking the centenary of the first UK production of the classic comedy from writer Harold Brighouse. This Theatre Royal Bath production tours just a few theatres nationwide prior to a run in the West ...

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Horniman’s Choice – Finborough Theatre, London

  Writers: Harold Brighouse, Allan Monkhouse, Stanley Houghton Director: Anna Marsland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   ‘Let them not write… about Countesses and Duchesses and society existing in imaginations but about their friends and enemies – about real life.’ These are the words of Annie Horniman a theatrical pioneer who over a hundred years ago set up the first repertory theatre ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Nadia Fall Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Originally set in 1880, Harold Brighouse’s 1915 play Hobson’s Choice is just as much about the social changes afoot at the time of its writing as they were about life in 19th Century Salford. It’s partly down to that malleability of timeframe that makes the Open Air Theatre’s decision to relocate ...

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Hobson’s Choice – South London Theatre, London

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Stephanie Urquhart Reviewer: Jon Wainwright This engaging and warm-hearted production of Harold Brighouse’s classic play brings out the timeless comedy of Hobson’s illusory power to choose, and it has great fun with the many ways in which women have real power over men. There are no guns or barricades but this is still a revolutionary story ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Written in 1916 Hobson’s Choice has remained a favourite of audiences and theatre companies alike throughout its 98 year history and with this new co-production between the Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme it is easy to see why. Harold Brighouse’s superbly written play tells the tale of Salfordian ...

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