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...sometimes it is just Hobson's choice. Starring brilliant Martin Shaw as Henry Horatio Hobson at the Vaudeville this autumn.

About Hobson's Choice

Martin Shaw as Henry Horatio Hobson, one of the greatest characters in English literature, in its West End revival at the Vaudeville Theare this summer after exactly 100 years of its first UK production.

“Tip top performances, high production values, EXTREMELY WELL DONE.” The Times ****

“Martin Shaw on superb form… A DELIGHTFUL PRODUCTION” Daily Telegraph ****

“Martin Shaw… perfect” Mail on Sunday ****

A number of television and theatre adaptations (including a ballet) have been made, celebrating this famous tale of a self-made man, shopkeeper, skinflint and boozer, written by Harold Brighouse.

Henry Hobson is a tyrant to his daughters and a stubborn man. When Maggie, his eldest daughter, opposes Hobson’s wishes by intending to marry Will Mossop, who works as a boot-maker bor Hobson, a battle of wills starts. Ultimately, he stands to lose his customers, his daughters and his pride, it is Hobson’s choice after all.

Martin Shaw, one of the UK’s favourite actors, will portray Henry Hobson. He is famous for starring in Judge John Deed, Inspector George Gently, and The Professionals on television. His theatre roles include Saturday, Sunday, Monday opposite Laurence Olivier. He also was a Tony Award nominee 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.

Naomi Frederick’s (Maggie Hobson) theatre credits include The Heresy of Love at The Globe and Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre. Bryan Dick’s (Willy Mossop) has appeared in Seminar at the Hampstead Theatre and The Alchemist at the National Theatre, and Gabrielle Dempsey’s (Vickey Hobson) is known for her appearance in The Rehearsal at the Chichester Festival Theatre and All My Sons, Embassy Theatre. Lastly, Joanna McCallum’s (Mrs Hepworth) has had a role in A Month in the Country at the Chichester Festival Theatre or The Importance of Being Ernest, Salisbury Playhouse. Christopher Timothy is the most recent announced cast member. In the 1960s, he was part of the Laurence Olivier's National Theatre company (The Master Builder, Oliver's Othello) and his other credits include Dial M for Murder, The Living Room or for TV, Doctors.

Design is by Simon Higlett; lighting design is by Tim Mitchell; sound design is by Mike Walker; and the composer is Matthew Scott.

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Hobson's Choice Customer Reviews

4.6 / 5 (234)
25 hours ago

A most enjoyable show with good acting and an excellent set. I was in row L and some of the dialogue was a strain to hear (I am not deaf).

25 hours ago

Unfortunately, I found Mr Martin Shaw very difficult to understand. His accent was very thick and his words were difficult to follow. My seat neighbour and I both expressed our frustration to each other during the interval. One word of clarification: we are both British - and she comes from Lancashire!!

27 hours ago

It was a most entertaining afternoon. The actors were all good especially Mr Hobson. The scenery reflected the period and was not minimalist as is so often the case these days. Recommended to raise anyone's spirits. Vaudeville is a nice theatre. Temperature just right for a hot day outside.

28 hours ago

Very enjoyable. Hope to see it again.

3 days ago

Lovely comedy for hot London evening . All Cast was first rate. I especially liked leading lady. Martin Shaw marvellous portrayal of grumpy old Lancastrian patriarch

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