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Hobson’s Choice

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Mark Benton takes on the role of the hypocritical boot maker at the heart of Harold Brighouse’s family drama. Read More >

Mark Benton takes on the role of the hypocritical boot maker at the heart of Harold Brighouse’s family drama Hobson’s Choice.

Set in 1880s Salford, Hobson’s Choice charts the story of cobbler Henry Hobson whose three daughters work unpaid in his shop. After imposing a ‘no marriages’ rule to avoid the expense of settlements, his eldest daughter Maggie rebels and sets her sights on one of her father’s boot makers.

Benton, who was recently seen on the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, returns to the London stage following performances in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard III and The Front Page at the Donmar Warehouse. On screen, he is best known for his roles in television series including Waterloo Road, Northern Lights and Early Doors.

He is joined in the cast by Jodie McNee as Maggie. Her theatre credits include King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe and The Empty Quarter at the Hampstead Theatre.

The production is directed by Nadia Fall, whose previous productions include The Doctor’s Dilemma and Home at the National Theatre.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 12/06/2014

Opening Night: 17/06/2014

Closing Night: 12/07/2014

Running time: 2h25

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Cast & Creative


Kate Adler, Mark Benton, Robin Bowerman, Hannah Britland, Nadia Clifford, Joanna David, Karl Davies, Bill Fellows, Jodie McNee, Jordan Metcalfe, Leon Williams, Richard Syms


Director - Nadia Fall

Producer - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Designer - Ben Stones

Lighting Designer - Oliver Fenwick

Movement Director - Jack Murphy

Sound - Avgoustos Psillas for Autograph

Author - Harold Brighouse

About Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom, NW1 4NR

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