Hobson's Choice

By Harold Brighouse. In a new adaptation by Tanika Gupta. Directed by Atri Banerjee

  • ★★★★★ Whatsonstage ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ The Times ★★★★★ Morning Star ★★★★★ North West End ★★★★ Quays Life
  • 31 May 2019 - 6 July 2019
  • The Theatre

Tanika Gupta’s sparkling new version of this classic 1916 comedy finds a new home amid the 1980s Ugandan-Asian rag trade.

‘It’s a man’s world and you girls should keep within your boundaries and do as you’re told’

If tailor Hari Hobson isn’t bossing his daughters about in his Northern Quarter workshop, he’s putting the world to rights in his local pub. His oldest daughter, Durga, is the brains behind the operation. But when Hobson says that Durga is too valuable to lose and must give up all idea of getting married, she takes her fate into her own hands and opens a rival shop nearby.

Cutting through generational divides, it shows that in family life, some stories never get old – and some things never change.

Hobson's Choice Quotes Poster

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 31 May - Saturday 6 July 2019. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no performance on Monday 1 July.

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm. View all times & dates

    RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes 1 interval of 20 minutes

    TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £18.50. View all ticket prices

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    PLEASE NOTE: Production contains flashing lights and smoking


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  • Creative Team
  • WRITER Tanika Gupta

    DIRECTOR Atri Banerjee

    DESIGNER Rosa Maggiora




    FIGHT DIRECTORS Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd

    DIALECT COACH Edda Sharpe


    CASTING DIRECTOR Vicky Richardson CDG

    BSL INTERPRETER Siobhan Rocks


    Production originally developed by Pooja Ghai

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    Friday 5 July, 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
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    Wednesday 3 July, following 7.30pm show. 
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    Like an informal, friendly book club, but for plays
    Saturday 29 June, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
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    Pre-show introduction to the play, led from the stage and featuring company members.
    Thursday 13 June, 10.30am - 12 noon. Tickets £6 / Concessions £4
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  • Accessible Performances
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    AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 29 June, 2.30pm 

    BSL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 19 June, 7.30pm. Interpreter Siobhan Rocks 

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 26 June, 7.30pm 


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  • ★★★★★ "The tale contains darker and tragic moments but a laugh is never too far away and Gupta's script is brought to life by a host of wonderful performances" Oliver Ainley, WhatsOnStage  

    ★★★★ "Relocating Harold Brighouse’s classic to Manchester’s Hindu community, Tanika Gupta finds some sharp political parallels and a very funny new cultural context" Mark Fisher, The Guardian

    ★★"an assured, embracive staging, large-hearted and funny." Natasha Tripney, The Stage 

    ★★★★ " a much-loved comedy brought warmly and astutely up to date." Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

    ★★★★★ "Uplifting and joyous theatre told with true heart." Nikki Cotter, Opening Night

    ★★★★ "sparkling and witty." Donna Kelly, Frankly My Dear

    "sets a benchmark for modern updates and adaptations of classic plays because it will appeal to fans of the original and newcomers alike and offers something we really need right now – warmth, compassion and belly laughs." Glenn Meads, ILoveMcr

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