Cen­tury-old com­edy still has sparkle

Bangor Mail - - Your Guide -

DE­SCRIBED as the orig­i­nal and best North­ern com­edy, Hob­son’s Choice, now over 100 years old, still has a rel­e­vant story to tell.

To start with it is still very funny, with the story of a Vic­to­rian fa­ther’s at­tempt to keep his three daugh­ters un­der his ‘con­trol.’ Younger daugh­ters, Alice and Vickey have beaus they would like to marry but Hob­son is too mean to give them the dowry they need, and he has no in­ten­sion of let­ting his older daugh­ter, Mag­gie, get away.

Not only does she run his boot and shoe shop, she also looks af­ter Hob­son’s house­keep­ing.

Where Brig­house is so clever, is how he makes every mo­ment so sat­is­fy­ing and be­liev­able.

His themes of fe­male busi­ness in­de­pen­dence and inter-gen­er­a­tional con­flict over money and prop­erty, re­main as strong to­day as they were over 100 years ago, as does his sparkling ex­changes.

Di­rec­tor Harry Dur­nall says: “The qual­ity of the writ­ing of this clas­sic play com­bined with great per­for­mances from the large, tal­ented cast, guar­an­tees au­di­ences a fun-filled evening of the­atre.

“We wel­come sev­eral new ac­tors to Louche The­atre, who prom­ise to give some out­stand­ing per­for­mances.”

Louche The­atre will be pre­sent­ing Hob­son’s Choice on Fri­day 10, Satur­day 11 and Sun­day May 12 at 7.30pm plus mati­nees on Satur­day 11 and Sun­day May 12 at 2.30pm at the Mor­lan Cen­tre, Queens Road, Aberys­t­wyth, SY23 2HH. Box Of­fice 01970 612617 or book online at www. louchethe­atre.com. Tick­ets cost £11 full £9.50 con­ces­sion.

Cast of Hob­son’s Choice

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