Hobson’s Choice

Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse

Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th May 2003

The Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

Poster by Phil Cooper


Henry Hobson runs a boot manufacturer business in 1880s Salford. He is overbearing, controlling, and a drunk. When his eldest daughter, Maggie, stands up to him and announces her intentions to marry one of Hobson’s employees, Willie Mossop, Hobson is astounded. He refuses to settle a dowry on either of his two younger daughters and is furious when Maggie takes matters into her own hands and sets up marriages for her sisters herself. Maggie’s business acumen, independence, and stubbornness are alien to the old-fashioned, curmudgeonly Hobson. Together, she and Willie set up their own shoe business that strips most of Hobson’s trade and builds them up as a successful couple in business. When Hobson’s drinking gets out of control, the previously timid Willie steps in to intervene. Hobson’s Choice is a focused, comedic exploration of the changing status and expectations of women within late-Victorian society.

The Cast

Phil Cooper


Henry Horatio Hobson

Willie Mossop

Maggie Hobson

Alice Hobson

Vicky Hobson

Albert Prosser

Freddy Beenstock

Tubby Wadlow

Mrs Hepworth

Jim Heeler

Dr McFarlane

Ada Figgins

Mark Rhodes

Maxson Bailey

Angela Giddings

Virginia Havergal

Becky Curtis

Tim Knott

Kevin Smith

Joel Monger

Stella Greaves

Clive Greaves

Tony Giddings

Angela Watson

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