It may be 100 years since it was first performed but Hobson’s Choice at won’t put a foot wrong when it comes to Milton Keynes Theatre this March ahead of its West End opening.
Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy, starring Martin Shaw, is celebrating its centenary in 2016 but its appeal is as great as it was 100 years ago.
Henry Horatio Hobson is a self-made man – but he’s also a skinflint, a boozer and a tyrant to boot. 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 situation isn’t helped by the fact that the lovers plan to set up a rival business.
Directed by Jonathan Church, who has recently been appointed artistic drector of Sydney Theatre Company, the production comes out of the prestigious Theatre Royal Bath stable and stars audience favourites Martin Shaw and Christopher Timothy.
The production is expected to transfer to the West End at the completion of a brief out-of-town tour.
February 24-March 5, Theatre Royal Bath
March 7-12, Milton Keynes Theatre
March 14-19, Cambridge Arts Theatre
March 21-26, Nottingham Theatre Royal
March 28-April 2, Richmond Theatre
April 11-16, Theatre Royal Norwich.