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Comedy, Drama Previous Production: 17 April - 10 May 2014

Hobson's Choice

An Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Octagon Theatre, Bolton and New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme Production

Common sense meets pomposity in this classic northern comedy

Hobson’s Bootmakers make a pretty penny and Henry Hobson spends most of those pennies down at the local pub. The bolshie bootmaker forces his three unpaid daughters and overworked apprentice to do all the hard work while he reaps the praise for his respectable and high quality business.

But Hobson’s cushy life is threatened when his gutsy oldest daughter resolves to marry the underpaid apprentice. She walks circles around her haughty father with her quick wit and bowls him over with her audacious determination.

With a feisty and humorous approach, Hobson’s Choice leaves the audience no choice at all but to laugh and cheer as early girl power is brought to the forefront in this hugely popular, gritty comedy.

By arrangement with Samuel French Limited


Previous Production: no tickets available

Production Information:

Directed by David Thacker

Designed by James Cotterill

Lighting Designer Daniella Beattie

Sound Designer Andy Smith

Written by Harold Brighouse


"This classic comedy about an intemperate northern cobbler is delivered with care, attention and turn-of-the-century style." - The Guardian

"Funny, emotive and above-all intelligent" - Manchester Evening News

"An intelligently staged production which is heart-warming and thoroughly deserving of the warm response from the audience" - The Public Reviews


Maxwell Hutcheon as Tubby Wadlow at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Maxwell Hutcheon
Henry Hobson
Michael Shelford as Willie Mossop at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Michael Shelford
Willie Mossop
Tristan Brooke as Albert Prosser at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Tristan Brooke
Alan Jeffcoate
Ian Blower as Jim Heeler
Ian Blower
Jim Heeler
Rosie Jones as Vickey Hobson at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Rosie Jones
Vickey Hobson
Sue Twist as Mrs Hepworth at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Sue Twist
Mrs Hepworth
Joanna Higson as Ada Figgins
Joanna Higson
Ada Figgins
Christoper Villiers as Dr Macfarlane at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Christopher Villiers
Dr Macfarlane
Natalie Grady as Maggie Hobson at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Natalie Grady
Maggie Hobson
Mawgan Gyles as Fred Beenstock at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Mawgan Gyles
Fred Beenstock
Jessica Baglow as Alice Hobson at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Jessica Baglow
Alice Hobson