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Hobson's Choice archiveSalford 1880. Hobson is a cobbler aiming to marry off his two youngest daughters. Maggie, his eldest at 30, is already an old maid - so she can stay at home and look after him! But Maggie has other ideas and finds herself a husband - and with him they open a rival shoe shop! First produced in 1916.

Author Harold Brighouse.

Archive listings for Hobson's Choice

Work type: Play.


Presented byThe Hospital Players.
6 Sep 19 to 7 Sep 19Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe :: V952
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Performer John D Collins (Henry). Company Matthew Townshend Productions.
20 Aug 19 to 31 Aug 19Southwold Arts Centre (formerly Southwold Theatre), Southwold :: V85
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Adapted by Tanika Gupta. Producer Royal Exchange Theatre. Director Pooja Ghai. Design Rosa Maggaria. Sound Arun Ghosh. Lighting Matt Hoskins. Performer Tony Jayawardena (Hari Hobson). Performer Shalini Peiris (Durga Hobson). Performer Maimuna Memon (Sunita Hobson). Performer Safiyya Ingar (Ruby Hobson). Performer Esh Alladi (Ali Mossop). Performer Raj Bajaj (Steve Prosser). Performer Tony Hirst (Jim Heeler). Performer Gurjeet Singh (Robbie Singh). Performer Avin Shah (Tubby Mohammed). Performer Yasmin Wilde (Dr Bannerji/Pinky Khan).
31 May 19 to 6 Jul 19Royal Exchange, Manchester :: V491
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Producer Matthew Townshend Productions. Performer John D Collins. Performer Rhiannon Sommers. Performer Michael Brown. Performer Lucy Robinson (voice of Mrs Hepworth).
4 Sep 18 to 15 Sep 18Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), Outer London :: V299
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Presented byLAMDA. Director Matthew Lloyd.
11 Jul 17 to 19 Jul 17LAMDA, Inner London :: V838624816
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Producer Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Producer Jonathan Church Productions. Director Johathan Church. Performer Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson). Performer Christopher Timothy (Jim Heeler). Performer Bryan Dick (Willie Mossop). Performer Naomi Frederick (Maggie Hobson). Performer Ken Drury (Dr McFarlane). Performer Joanna McCallum (Mrs Hepworth). Performer Gabrielle Dempsey (Vicky Hobson). Performer Florence Hall (Alice Hobson). Performer Mark Donald (Albert Prosser). Performer David Shaw-Parker (Tubby). Performer Emily Johnstone (Ada). Performer Ryan Saunders (Freddie Beanstock).
8 Jun 16 to 10 Sep 16Vaudeville Theatre, West End :: V417
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28 Mar 16 to 2 Apr 16Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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14 Mar 16 to 19 Mar 16Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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7 Mar 16 to 12 Mar 16Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
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24 Feb 16 to 5 Mar 16Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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Company Phoenix Theatre Company (at the request of the Rotary Club Mold).
9 Jun 16 to 11 Jun 16Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
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Producer Octagon Theatre Bolton. Producer New Vic Theatre Newcastle-under-Lyme. Producer Oldham Coliseum. Director David Thacker. Design James Cotterill. Lighting Daniella Beattie. Sound Andy Smith. Director Lesley Hutchison (movement and associate director). Performer Maxwell Hutcheon (Henry Hobson). Performer Natalie Grady (Maggie Hobson). Performer Michael Shelford (Willie Mossop).
17 Apr 14 to 10 May 14Coliseum Theatre, Oldham :: V497
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26 Mar 14 to 12 Apr 14New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
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23 Jan 14 to 22 Feb 14Octagon Theatre, Bolton :: V480
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Company St Austin's Players.
28 May 13Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield :: V979
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Company Fluellen Theatre Company. Director Peter Richards. Design Edward Thomas.
11 Mar 13 to 13 Mar 13Torch Theatre, Milford Haven :: V820
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Producer Sheffield Theatres. Director Christopher Luscombe. Design Janet Bird. Lighting Paul Pyant. Music Alex Baranowski. Sound Alex Baranowski. Performer Barrie Rutter (Henry Horatio Hobson). Performer Rod Arthur (Tubby Wadlow). Performer Emily Aston (Ada Figgins). Performer Cassie Atkinson (Alice Hobson). Performer George Banks (Fred Beenstock). Performer Robin Cameron (Dr MacFarlane). Performer Lennox Greaves (Jim Heeler). Performer Sally Hodgkiss (Vickey Hobson). Performer Philip McGinley (William Mossop). Performer Sue Wallace (Mrs Hepworth). Performer Zoe Waites (Maggie Hobson). Performer Harry Waller (Albert Prosser).
26 May 11 to 25 Jun 11Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
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Producer Questors.
22 Jan 11 to 29 Jan 11Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
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Company Centrnary.
2 Sep 08 to 6 Sep 08Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn :: V1448285374
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Corporate Sponsor Hobson's Choice Commissioning Circle. Producer Festival Theatre Chichester. Director Jonathan Church. Design Simon Higlett. Lighting Mark Jonathan. Costume Christopher Porter. Performer John Savident (Henry Horatio Hobson). Performer Carolyn Backhouse. Performer John Branwell. Performer Dylan Charles. Performer Philip Correia. Performer Alistair Findlay. Performer Richard Kane. Performer Katherine Kingsley. Performer Judith Paris. Performer Annabel Scholey. Performer Alex Waldmann. Performer Lizzie Winkler.
17 Mar 08 to 22 Mar 08His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen :: V585
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3 Mar 08 to 8 Mar 08Theatre Royal, Windsor :: V742
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25 Feb 08 to 1 Mar 08Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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11 Feb 08 to 16 Feb 08Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
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26 Nov 07 to 1 Dec 07Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
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19 Nov 07 to 24 Nov 07Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne :: V665
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12 Nov 07 to 17 Nov 07Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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6 Nov 07 to 10 Nov 07King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
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29 Oct 07 to 3 Nov 07Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V161
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29 Oct 07 to 3 Nov 07Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V161
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22 Oct 07 to 27 Oct 07Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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15 Oct 07 to 20 Oct 07Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
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8 Oct 07 to 13 Oct 07Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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2 Oct 07 to 6 Oct 07New Theatre, Cardiff :: V823
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17 Sep 07 to 22 Sep 07Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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10 Sep 07 to 15 Sep 07Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury :: V674
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3 Sep 07 to 8 Sep 07Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
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27 Jul 07 to 1 Sep 07Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester :: V719
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Producer Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Director Joyce Branagh.
26 Oct 07 to 3 Nov 07Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD)/Raymond Edwards Building/Anthony Hopkins Centre, Cardiff :: V01146970443
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Company Combined Actors.
10 Jul 07 to 14 Jul 07ADC Theatre, Cambridge :: V18
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Producer London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
10 Jul 06Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke :: V764
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Producer Watermill Theatre. Corporate Sponsor Newbury Building Society. Director Timothy Sheader. Design Jessica Curtis. Lighting Oliver Fenwick. Music Grant Parsons. Performer Mark Baxter (Fred Beenstock). Performer Robert Benfield (Jim Heeler). Performer John Branwell (John Branwell (Henry Hobson]). Performer Anna-Jane Casey (Maggie). Performer Natalie Casey (Vicky). Performer Rosalie Craig (Alice). Performer Paul Foster (Albert). Performer Paul Kemp (Willy Mossop). Performer Jack McKenzie (Dr MacFarlane). Performer Marianne Morley (Mrs Hepworth). Performer Suzanne Toase (Ada Figgis). Performer Robert Vahey (Tubby Wadlow).
17 May 06 to 8 Jul 06The Watermill Theatre, Newbury :: V733
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Company Hull Playgoers' Society.
15 Nov 05 to 19 Nov 05Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
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Company Billesley Players.
10 Jun 05 to 11 Jun 05Old Rep, Birmingham :: V147
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Company Sale Nomads Theatre Club.
11 May 05 to 14 May 05Waterside Arts Centre, Sale :: V0383692381
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Producer York Theatre Royal. Director Gregory Floy. Design Lily Ogue. Performer Berwick Kaler. Performer Emma Gregory. Performer David Shelley. Performer Miranda Floy. Performer Christine Cox.
29 Mar 05 to 16 Apr 05Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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Producer Rugby Theatre.
4 Dec 04 to 11 Dec 04Rugby Theatre, Rugby :: V133
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An informal reading hosted by Dianne Cheesewright
10 Oct 04The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, Hastings :: V669
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Company Cygnet Company.
8 Jul 04 to 17 Jul 04Cygnet Theatre (formerly New Theatre), Exeter :: V0135900169
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Company Wakefield Little Theatre.
8 Apr 04 to 10 Apr 04Wakefield Arts Centre, Wakefield :: V980
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Company Buxton Drama League.
1 Apr 04 to 3 Apr 04Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
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Company Drama Centre. Director Richard Williams. Design Alexander McPherson. Lighting Adam Carree.
15 Mar 04 to 18 Mar 04Cochrane Theatre, Inner London :: V181
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Tankia Gupta has adapted Harold Brighouse's 1916 classic comedy with enormous wit and charm. Updated to modern day Salford, the story is given fresh relevance for everyone to enjoy, whilst retaining the essence and spirit of the original.Producer Young Vic. Adapted by Tanika Gupta. Director Richard Jones. Design Ultz. Lighting Matthew Richardson. Sound Paul Arditti. Performer Paul Bhattacharjee (Hari). Performer Yasmin Wilde (Durga). Performer Agron Biba. Performer Gareth Farr. Performer Zenab Khan. Performer Shelley King. Performer James Kristian. Performer Vineeta Rishi. Performer Richard Sumitro. Performer Paven Virk. Performer Martin Walsh.
7 Oct 03 to 11 Oct 03Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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30 Sep 03 to 4 Oct 03Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
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23 Sep 03 to 27 Sep 03Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
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16 Sep 03 to 20 Sep 03Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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9 Sep 03 to 13 Sep 03The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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28 Aug 03 to 6 Sep 03The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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26 Jun 03 to 16 Aug 03The Young Vic, West End :: V245
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Saturday June 21st 19:30 - Champagne Reception performance of Hobson's Choice with Lancashire Hot Pot Supper. Tickets £50 all-inclusive - proceeds in aid of The Royal Exchange Development Fund.Producer Royal Exchange. Director Braham Murray. Design Johanna Bryant. Lighting Jason Taylor. Sound Steve Brown. Other William Conacher (dialect coach). Performer Joanna Riding. Performer John Thomson. Performer Trevor Peacock. Performer Harri Earthy. Performer Kirsten Parker. Performer Jack Lord. Performer Chris Hannon. Performer Ann Aris. Performer Colin Prockter. Performer Roland Oliver. Performer Victoria Brazier. Performer Alastair Cording. Corporate Sponsor Rothschild.
13 May 03 to 5 Jul 03Royal Exchange, Manchester :: V491
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Company Trowbridge Players.
7 May 03 to 10 May 03Arc Theatre, Trowbridge :: V881281219
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Producer Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company (in association with The Touring Consortium and Theatre Royal Plymouth). Director Jonathan Church. Design Hayden Griffin. Lighting Andy Phillips. Performer Tony Britton (Hobson). Performer Katherine Rogers. Performer Michael Begley. Performer Gaye Brown. Performer Ben Casey. Performer Andrew Fishwick. Performer Nicole Herring. Performer Victoria Moseley. Performer Anna Northam. Performer Bill Bingham. Performer Benny Young.
10 Jun 02 to 15 Jun 02Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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4 Jun 02 to 8 Jun 02New Theatre, Cardiff :: V823
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27 May 02 to 1 Jun 02Belgrade Theatre, Coventry :: V153
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20 May 02 to 25 May 02Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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13 May 02 to 18 May 02Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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6 May 02 to 11 May 02His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen :: V585
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29 Apr 02 to 4 May 02Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
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22 Apr 02 to 27 Apr 02Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
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15 Apr 02 to 20 Apr 02Darlington Hippodrome (formerly Civic Theatre), Darlington :: V562
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9 Apr 02 to 13 Apr 02Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
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6 Mar 02 to 30 Mar 02Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham :: V143
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18 Feb 02 to 2 Mar 02Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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Director Colin Cook. Design Richard Bullwinkle.
9 Jul 01 to 12 Jul 01MacOwan Theatre (LAMDA), Inner London :: V212
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Company Birkdale School.
25 Jun 01 to 26 Jun 01Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
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Company Teignmouth Players. Director Freda Welton. Performer Mary Froom (Maggie). Performer Frank Purchase (Hobson). Performer John Miles (Willie). Performer Tracey Burton. Performer Sarah Perkins. Performer Geoff Wildey. Performer Mark Harrison. Performer James Mumford.
9 Apr 01 to 14 Apr 01Pavilions (formely Carlton Theatre), Teignmouth :: V898
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Company Studio Theatre Company.
5 Apr 01 to 7 Apr 01Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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Company Broughton Astley Drama Society. Director Robin Cole.
18 Oct 00 to 21 Oct 00The Concordia Theatre, Hinckley :: V1180
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Company The Huddersfield Thespians.
9 May 00 to 13 May 00Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
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Company 8:5 Theatre Company.
3 Apr 00 to 8 Apr 00Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
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Company Little Theatre Company.
14 Mar 00 to 18 Mar 00Brewhouse, Burton-on-Trent :: V126
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Director Alan Strachan. Company Stephen Joseph Theatre Company. Design Michael Holt. Lighting Paul Towson. Music Simon Cryer. Performer Suzy Aitchison. Performer Carolyn Backhouse. Performer Neil Gornall. Performer Sarah Hadland. Performer Charlie Hayes. Performer Randal Herley. Performer John Hoggarth. Performer Paul Kemp. Performer Keith Ladd Antonia Pemberton. Performer Colin Prockter. Performer Mark Stratton.
1 Oct 99 to 30 Oct 99Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough :: V949
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Company Sackville Theatre Company.
12 Oct 99 to 16 Oct 99Chequer Mead, East Grinstead :: V1101
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Company Mountview Theatre School. Director Lennox Greaves.
3 Mar 99 to 6 Mar 99Mountview Theatre School, Outer London :: V317
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3 Mar 99 to 6 Mar 99Mountview Theatre School, Outer London :: V317
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Director Richard Foster. Company First Team Theatre Company. Performer Neil Metcalfe. Performer Kerry Willison-Parry. Performer Andrew Barrow. Performer Lesley Skelton. Performer Rachael Marsden. Performer Andrew Bond. Performer Simon Hughes. Performer Stuart Hurd. Performer Graham Edwards. Performer Penelope Butler. Performer Sarah Flanagan. Performer Ian Booth.
7 Oct 98 to 10 Oct 98The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere :: V191
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Director Beth Maxwell.
27 Feb 98 to 7 Mar 98The Barn Theatre Club, Welwyn :: V58
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4 Dec 17 to 9 Dec 17Bingley Little Theatre, Bingley :: V981
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12 Sep 17 to 23 Sep 17Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield :: V158
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11 Mar 17 to 18 Mar 17The Playhouse, Cheadle Hulme :: V508
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28 May 09 to 6 Jun 09OSO Arts Centre (formerly the Old Sorting Office), Outer London :: V0964976130
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5 Jul 06 to 12 Jul 06LAMDA, Inner London :: V838624816
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17 Feb 04 to 21 Feb 04Grand Theatre, Lancaster :: V521
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10 Mar 98 to 14 Mar 98Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone :: V683
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13 Nov 97 to 15 Nov 97De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea :: V651
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13 Mar 97 to 12 Apr 97Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
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