Hobson’s choice

Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Jonathan Church Productions and Duncan C Weldon present MARTIN SHAW and CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY in

Hobson’s choice

by Harold Brighouse

Directed by Jonathan Church


‘An eye-catching revival … gorgeously detailed, beautifully crafted’

The Stage


‘Jonathan Church’s lively production … Naomi Frederick, exceptional … The marks of the reliably brilliant Church are all over the production … an unquestionably well-formed package. But, under Church's vision, it gives us something even better: an unapologetic representation of female empowerment’


Henry Horatio Hobson is one of the greatest comic characters in English drama. Self-made

man, shopkeeper, skinflint and boozer, he’s a tyrant to his daughters and a law unto himself. 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.

2016 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the first UK production of Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy, which is rich with laughter, wit and warmth. 

Martin Shaw is one of the UK’s favourite actors, well-known for starring in Inspector George Gently, Judge John Deed, and The Professionals on television. His stage roles include Saturday, Sunday, Monday opposite Laurence Olivier; he was Tony Award nominated 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.

Christopher Timothy is best-known for his roles as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and Mac in the BBC series Doctors. 


Photography: Nobby Clark