Hobson's Choice

Written by Harold Brighouse
Directed for Actonians by Andy Fisher


In 1880's Salford, prosperous bootmaker Henry Hobson is left a widower with three uppity daughters, two of whom already have beaus they would like to marry, but cannot until they have a dowry, which Henry is too mean to stump up for, and also not until the eldest daughter, Maggie, who is a practical no nonsense woman, who wears the trousers, is promised in marriage. Maggie defies Hobson's wishes and a battle of wits ensues where he stands to lose his customers, his girls and his pride. Ultimately it is Hobson's choice.

The following is a cast list, but bear in mind, all the parts can be played by different ages, as everybody looks younger on stage.

Maggie Hobson
30-40. Very sharp witted and not afraid to say what she thinks and wants. Very feisty.

Alice And Vicky Hobson
20-30. Want to get married, both have beaus. Both uppity

Henry Hobson
50-60 a tyrannical boozer and skinflint.

William Mossop
30ish. The bootmaker. Shy, and mentally stunted, nervous to begin with, later asserts his authority.

Albert Prosser
30-40 the beau who likes Alice. The son of a solicitor.

Mrs Hepworth
60ish. She has a curt manner and is very wealthy.

Tubby Wadlow
60ish. A white haired older man who is foreman in making the boots.

Jim Heeler.
50-60. A grocer and Hobson's boon companion.

Ada Figgins
20-30. Will Mossop's girlfriend. Weak spirited.

Freddy Beenstock
30-40. The beau for Vicky Hobson, the son of a respectable tradesman.

Dr. MacFarlane.
50ish. A domineering man. A Scotsman.

Daughter of Mrs Hepworth.
Young. Doesn't speak.


Henry Horatio Hobson Mike Schofield
William Mossop Nick Pearce
Maggie Hobson Sarah McMahon
Vicky Hobson Dee Mason
Alice Hobson Natasha Forgham
Ada Figgins Michelle Lucas
Mrs Hepworth Pat Stimson
Timothy (Tubby) Wadlow Godfrey Laundy
Jim Heeler Ray Bulmer
Albert Prosser John Blackwood
Dr. MacFarlane Richard Stanway
Freddy Beenstock Stewart White
Grace Flynn
Jenny McDowell
Assistant Director Ann Aplin
Stage Manager Mark Whitehouse
ASM Hamish Constable
Lighting Sound
Alison Horner
Music Mark Whitehouse
Costumes Pat Stimson
Helen Briggs
Jenny McDowell
Prompt Bob Allen
Set Construction
Steve Anstey
Mark Whitehouse
Set Painting Maureen Blake
Val Laundy
Ray Bulmer
Margaret Bulmer
Val Laundy
Front of House
Sue Anstey
Steve Anstey
Advance Sales Debby Ashton