Archives - Hobson’s Choice

by Harold Brighouse

Directed by Beth Maxwell

Friday 27th February – Saturday 7th March 1998 in the Auditorium

First produced in 1916, Hobson’s Choice is a comedy as sharp and fresh as when it was written. Set in the 1880’s, it tells of the downfall of Henry Hobson, Bootmaker of Salford, a conceited and self-centred windbag, at the hands of his eldest daughter.

In dealing with the universal theme of New Woman rebelling against parental tyranny, it is in the same genre as some Ibsen and Shaw of the period, but in the guise of a traditional Lancashire comedy. It is a beautifully crafted play, with keenly observed relationships. It is both a period piece and a play for all time.

Part of the Barn’s 1997/1998 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Alice Hobson-Jane Pennett
Maggie Hobson-Sarah Mead
Vickey Hobson-Juliet Harper
Albert Prosser-Mark O'Sullivan
Henry Horatio Hobson-Jack Wood
Mrs Hepworth-Jenny Armstrong
Timothy Wadlow (Tubby)-Desmond Harper
William Mossop-David Maxwell
Jim Heeler-Alan Bradbury
Ada Figgins-Maggy Reed
Fred Beenstock-Drew Thompson
Dr MacFarlane-Neil Gill

Creative team

Director-Beth Maxwell
Set Design-Sue Walters
John Walters
Lighting Design-Louis Davis
Sound-Rob Wallace
Stage Manager-Lisa Wilson
Deputy Stage Manager-Michael Barr
Assistant Stage Manager-Daniel Willcox
Anne Woolmington
Wardrobe-Phoebe Johnson
Judith Claxton
Irene Gill
Marta Dowling
Properties-Belinda Putley
Tina Jolly
Lighting Operation-Shirley Shaw
Set Construction-Ian Bage
Brian Duffy
John Lloyd
Brian Moseley
Harrold Muncey
Len Price
Set Painting-Eric Farlie
Set Dressing-Sue Walters
Jenny Collingwood
Poster Design-Jenny Collingwood
David Walters
Production Secretary-Sybil Thompson
Thanks to-Erica Hawken

Thanks to Imperial Cancer Shop, Welwyn Garden City; Isabel Hospice Shop, Welwyn Garden City; Clarks Shoes, Welwyn Garden City; Winter’s Shoe Repairs, Ware; Dr Pat Last. Sponsored by Data Specifics Ltd

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