Harold Brighouse's Hobsonís Choice Directed by Craig Walton
28 - 31 January 2009
Set in sooty Salford of the 1880s it is a humorous glance at love, ambition and pompous parent power.
Henry Horatio Hobson is a wealthy widower with three daughters, two of whom he will gladly marry off. But he considers the eldest, Maggie, being over 30, is well past it, and that she should remain at home and care for him.
the determined Maggie has other plans - particularly regarding Willie. Recognising that he is the shopís most prized asset she proposes they marry and go into business together.
Harold Brighouse was born into a middle-class family, near Salford in Lancashire, the setting for his most popular play, Hobson's Choice. He obtained a scholarship to Manchester Grammar School, which he left aged seventeen, intending a career in the textile industry. He went to work for his father as an assistant buyer.
Later he took up residence in Mecklenburgh Square, London, and frequented theatrical first nights which were to equip him so ably for his more mature plays and their use of stagecraft.