Century-old comedy still has sparkle
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