By Harold Brighouse
Get one wedding in a family, and it goes through the lot like measles
A comedy from the cobbles of Lancashire, set to the sights and sounds of the sixties, Mark Benton plays bombastic boot-shop owner Henry Horatio Hobson. When his 'plain' daughter, Maggie (Jodie McNee) becomes intent on marrying long-suffering boot-maker Willie Mossop (Karl Davies), Hobson's future looks uncertain. However it is hapless Willie who triumphs in this unlikely love story, as newfound fortitude deals a resolution that is - Hobson's Choice.
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"Nadia Fall's BRIGHT, BRISK PRODUCTION makes Harold Brighouse's 1915 play feel WONDERFULLY FRESH."
"Jodie McNee is tremendous as Maggie...Mark Benton brings a nice mix of bombast and chaos to Hobson"
"Harold Brighouse’s CLASSIC COMEDY...Mark Benton plays splendidly as a cross between Falstaff and King Lear."
"The core of the play is the relationship between Jodie McNee’s spirited Maggie and Karl Davies’s deliciously gauche Willie Mossop...both WONDEFULLY FUNNY AND DEEPLY TOUCHING...their growing love BEAUTIFULLY UNDERSCORED by the Gerry and the Pacemakers."
"GENIUS...Nadia Fall’s stock as a director has been rising...now the final, clinching proof of her skills comes in the deceptively bucolic setting of Regent’s Park...A WORK OF MASTERY."
"Ben Stones’ revolving set is A DELIGHT: Hobson’s Bootshop has seldom, if ever, looked more inviting."
“Jodie McNee shines as Maggie...A CRACKING SHOW."
- Nadia Fall – Director
- Ben Stones – Set and Costume Designer
- Jack Murphy – Movement
- Oliver Fenwick – Lighting Designer
- Tom Deering – Musical Director
- Avgoustos Psillas for Autograph – Sound Designer
- Juliet Horsley CDG – Casting Director
- Barbara Houseman – Season Associate Director
- Majella Hurley – Dialect Coach
- Sasha McMurray – Assistant Director
- Kate Adler – Ada Figgins
- Mark Benton – Henry Horatio Hobson
- Robin Bowerman – Dr Macfarlane
- Hannah Britland – Vickey Hobson
- Nadia Clifford – Alice Hobson
- Joanna David – Mrs Hepworth
- Karl Davies – Willie Mossop
- Bill Fellows – Jim Heeler
- Jodie McNee – Maggie Hobson
- Jordan Metcalfe – Albert Prosser
- Leon Williams – Fred Beenstock
- Richard Syms – Tubby Wadlow