The Royal Exchange is thrilled to announce the full cast for their brand-new version of HOBSON’S CHOICE by award-winning writer Tanika Gupta. A comedy full of wit and humour this new adaptation explores family relationships and patriarchy versus a young woman's determination to change the status quo. Tony Jayawardena who takes on the role of Hari Hobson is joined by Shalini Peiris as Durga Hobson, Maimuna Memon as Sunita Hobson and Safiyya Ingar as Ruby Hobson. HOBSON’S CHOICE runs in the Theatre from 31 May – 6 July.
In this sharp and witty retelling of Harold Brighouse’s classic Hari Hobson has fled Uganda to make a new life for his family in Manchester’s ever-changing Northern Quarter of the 1980s. Unimpressed by her father’s old-fashioned patriarchy the ambitious Durga, a modern feminist living and dreaming in a city fuelled by innovation and revolution, refuses to let herself and her sisters be held back by her father’s stubbornness and out-dated ideals.
The cast is completed by Esh Alladi (Ali Mossop) who returns to the Royal Exchange following her role in WIT, Raj Bajaj (Steve Prosser), Tony Hirst (Jim Heeler), Gurjeet Singh (Robbie Singh), Avin Shah (Tubby Mohammed) and Yasmin Wilde (Dr Bannerji/Pinky Khan).
Stage and screen actor Tony Jayawardena plays the disgruntled Hari Hobson. Tony’s theatre credits have included WHITE TEETH (Kiln Theatre); YOUNG MARX (The Bridge Theatre); LIONS AND TIGERS (The Globe); TWELFTH NIGHT (The Globe) and THE TEMPEST (The RSC). His television credits include: ACKLEY BRIDGE, THE TUNNEL, HOLBY CITY, THE WINDSORS; STRIKEBACK and CUCKOO.
Shalini Peiris is recognised for her stage and screen work. Her recent stage credits include LIONS AND TIGERS, Shakespeare's Globe and THE HOUSE OF IN BETWEEN (Theatre Royal Stratford East) both directed by Pooja Ghai. Maimuna Memon returns to the Exchange following her role in INTO THE WOODS, other theatre credits include ELECTROLYTE (Wildcard/ Pleasance Dome), THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd/ Paines Plough) and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre). Safiyya Ingar makes her Royal Exchange debut, her theatre credits include THE BOX OF DELIGHTS (Wilton's Music Hall), ABI (Derby Theatre/Queens Theatre Hornchurch), LAVA (World Premiere at Nottingham Playhouse) and HOLES (Nottingham Playhouse).
Directed by Pooja Ghai this story cuts through generational divides reflecting the hopes, aspirations and disappointments of families everywhere who are trying to build a new life.
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