Ballets for hire

Hobson's Choice 1989

  • Music Paul Reade
  • ChoreographyDavid Bintley
  • Designs Hayden Griffin (Costumes co-designed with Claudia Meyer)
  • LightingJohn B. Read
  • Roles(9 Female / 18 Male)
  • Other Roles2 children
  • Number of acts3
  • Running Time 34 / 28 / 42 minutes

Hobson's Choice, based on Harold Brighouse play of the same name, is arguably David Bintley's most successful full-evening ballet. At its premiere in London it received an ovation, the like of which hadn't been seen since Ashton's La Fille mal gardée, nearly 30 years before. It tells the touching and genuinely funny tale of the unorthodox romance between Will Mossop, a poor boot maker, and Maggie Hobson, the fiery and determined daughter of Will's alcoholic boss, Henry.

Olivier Award nomination 1990

'Bintley's most fully realised narrative work'

THE GUARDIAN

'Excellent'

THE SCOTSMAN

'Delightful, loveable comedy that's David Bintley's finest and most entertaining work'

The Artsdesk

'A warm and tender ballet that just radiates with David Bintley's mischievous sense of fun and his great love of British dance'

THE STAGE