Harold Brighouse’s classic comic love story Hobson’s Choice, is the tale of a Salford cobbler with three unruly daughters that owes more than a little to King Lear and Cinderella. The homage is purely intentional.
Perhaps best known from its 1954 film version directed by David Lean, the play remains a complete delight, presenting a vivid picture of the realities of working class life but balancing it perfectly with uplifting humour. It’s directed by Nadia Fall, whose recent credits include The Doctor’s Dilemma at the National Theatre.
From the cobbles of Lancashire, bombastic boot-shop owner Henry Horatio Hobson takes umbrage at his daughter’s intention to marry long-suffering bootmaker Willie Mossop.
Through her determination, the couple weds, set up a rival establishment and orchestrate Hobson’s fall from grace. But it is Willie who triumphs in this unlikely love story, as newfound fortitude deals a resolution that is ‘Hobson’s choice’ – i.e. no choice at all.
The auditorium and stage are completely uncovered. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will make every effort to complete the performance and reserves the right to stop and start the action as necessary. Performances are never cancelled or abandoned before the advertised starting time and then only in the event of very bad weather. If cancellation or abandonment is unavoidable, ticket holders will be entitled to equivalent seats for any other performance in the main repertoire (excludes one-off comedy, music and film events), subject to availability. Refunds are not given for cancellation or abandonment as a result of the weather. In any event, personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk and not refundable by us.
Review: Not the most natural of choices for the Open Air Theatre, if only because the dour terraces of Salford are such worlds away from the park’s extravagant foliage. But we’re in them all right, thanks to Ben Stones’ tough rotating set, the more so as the plot darkens and the night with it. Alan Franks June 2014
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.15pm
Booking to 12th July 2014
Content updated June 2014