Widower Hari Hobson has a successful dress-making business and three daughters. The oldest, Durga, is the brains behind the operation.
‘Can’t we choose husbands for ourselves?
I’ve been telling you for the last five minutes, you’re not even fit to choose dresses for yourselves.’
But when Hobson says that Durga is too valuable to lose and must give up all idea of getting married, she takes her fate into her own hands and starts her own rival shop nearby.
Tanika Gupta’s version of this classic 1916 comedy sets the play in a modern-day Salford Asian community, giving a new generation a chance to enjoy the play’s sharp wit and charm.
Hobson’s Choice was performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre from the 31st May to the 6th July 2019.
Hobson’s Choice was also performed at the Young Vic, London, June – August 2003
“The production is unflinching in its portrayal of a range of societal problems; race, class, gender and generational issues are broached and done so with poise and lucidity.” – WhatsOnStage ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Gupta’s adaptation is consistently funny and the themes raised of familial duty and responsibility can be universally recognised across all cultures.” – The Reviews Hub ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Playwright Tanika Gupta: “A good play tells us something about the world we live in today” – The Stage – Interview with Tanika Gupta
“Sharp and witty” – About Manchester