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Martin Shaw reprises role in West End transfer of Hobson’s Choice

Hobson's Choice - Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Naomi Frederick (Maggie Hobson)
Hobson’s Choice – Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Naomi Frederick (Maggie Hobson) – Photo credit Nobby Clark

Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Jonathan Church Productions and Duncan C. Weldon present MARTIN SHAW, NAOMI FREDERICK and BRYAN DICK in HOBSON’S CHOICE by Harold Brighouse. Directed by Jonathan Church.

Marking the One Hundredth anniversary of the first UK production of this classic comedy, HOBSON’S CHOICE will play at London’s Vaudeville Theatre for a limited season, Wednesday 8th June – Saturday 10th September.

Martin Shaw plays Henry Horatio Hobson, one of the greatest 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.

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.

Naomi Frederick’s (Maggie Hobson) theatre credits include The Heresy of Love, The Globe; Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre; Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre; and The Winslow Boy, Old Vic.

Bryan Dick’s (Willy Mossop) theatre credits include Seminar, Hampstead Theatre; School Play, Soho Theatre;Sliding With Suzanne, Out of Joint/Royal Court; The Alchemist, National Theatre.

Gabrielle Dempsey’s (Vickey Hobson) theatre credits include The Rehearsal, Chichester Festival Theatre;Spring Awakening, National tours; All My Sons, Embassy Theatre.

Joanna McCallum’s (Mrs Hepworth) theatre credits include A Month in the Country, Chichester Festival Theatre; The Importance of Being Ernest, Salisbury Playhouse; Hamlet; The Globe.

Further casting details to be announced.

Artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre since 2006, where his acclaimed productions have includedTaken at Midnight, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Singin’ in the Rain, Jonathan Church has recently been appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company.

Design is by Simon Higlett; lighting design is by Tim Mitchell; sound design is by Mike Walker; and the composer is Matthew Scott.

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Venue: Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH
Dates: Wednesday 8th June – Saturday 10th September
Times: Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm;
Thursday & Saturday matinees, 2.30pm
Press Night: Tuesday 14th June, 7pm


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1 thought on “Martin Shaw reprises role in West End transfer of Hobson’s Choice”

  1. Will this be going on tour again after September with Martin Shaw in the lead role ? Thank you

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