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Vaudeville Theatre, London4.6599 reviews
...sometimes it is just Hobson's choice. Starring brilliant Martin Shaw as Henry Horatio Hobson at the Vaudeville this autumn.

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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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Additional Information

Age restriction


Running time

2 hours 10 minutes including interval. Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm

Performance dates

8th June to 10 September 2016

Special notes

Recommended age for content 12+

Venue Information

Vaudeville Theatre404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

Group Pricing

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Customer Reviews

599 reviews4.6

June Waidson3rd October

Excellent Show. Martin Shaw played Hobson larger than life and brilliantly. Matt Smith excellent and all the cast a joy to watch. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Brian Dalgarno Lumsden16th September

Fantastic , though it wouldnt be a patch on the film but it was with superb acting from the main characters and everyone else . There wasnt a boring bit in it , the issues remain today

Lynn Fixter16th September

Excellent performance by all the cast. Booking was easy and efficient. Shortage of ladies loos. Expensive ice cream £3.50!! beyond a joke.

O. Morrisroe13th September

Very good entertaining show, enjoyed the humour of the piece. Martin Shaw doesn't disappoint !! Would highly recommend it to all.

Maureen Wyvill13th September

A brilliant production which we thoroughly enjoyed! We were so pleased we managed to see this play before it's current run closed.

Debbie Walkling13th September

Thoroughly enjoyed the play and excellent performance by all the cast.

Michael Skinner12th September

We, my wife and I, enjoyed the show very much - a barrel of laughs! All performers were excellent. Highly recommended. Only quibble: the Ice Creams in the Interval were very expensive; so we chose to avoid them. A shame!

Ian Swarbreck12th September

Excellent well acted production

Geraldine Frith12th September

Not as good as previous performance at regents park open air theatre a while ago

Robert Wondrak12th September

Great atmosphere, great cast and excellent theatre. We had a very enjoyable evening.

Julia Bond-Taylor12th September

Service so ,easy to use, tickets arrived in a couple of days. Easy to pick the seats we wanted and these were as expected. Loved the theatre and the play ,was really, good. Would use this service again.

Ben Niblett11th September

Hobson's Choice was absorbing and funny and we enjoyed it very much. A fine centenary revival.