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Harold Brighouse

HAROLD BRIGHOUSE   (1882 - 1958)

Nationality:   British    Email:   n/a   Website:   n/a

Literary Agent:  Samuel French London  

Harold Brighouse (26 July 1882  25 July 1958) was an English playwright and author whose best known play is Hobson's Choice. He was a prominent member, together with Allan Monkhouse and Stanley Houghton, of a group known as the Manchester School of dramatists. Harold Brighouse was born in Eccles, Salford, the eldest child of John Southworth Brighouse, a manager in a cotton-spinning firm, and Charlotte Amelia née Harrison, a headmistress. Harold went to a local school, then won a scholarship to Manchester Grammar School. He left school aged 17 and started work as a textile buyer in a shipping merchant's office. In 1902 he went to London to set up an office for his firm. There he met Emily Lynes and married her in Lillington, Leamington Spa in 1907. He was promoted at work and returned to Manchester but in 1908 he became a full time writer. The first play written by Brighouse was Lonesome Like, but the first to be produced was The Doorway.

Adaptation / Translations of Plays by Harold Brighouse


Hobson's Choice

1st Produced:

Young Vic Theatre, London >>>



Young Vic

1st Published:

Oberon Books, London >>>,





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Original Playwright - Harold Brighouse

Hobson's Choice

Originally written by Harold Brighouse in 1916 the story revolved around Henry Horatio Hobson, his three daughters and his struggle to run his boot making business whilst still maintaining control over his increasingly strong willed girls. In Tanika Gupta's brilliant adaptation the story remains the same but the harassed widower is Hari Hobson who lives in Salford with his three daughters Ruby, Sunita and Durga. His dress-making business is doing very well, until he makes the mistake of informing Durga (his eldest daughter and the brains behind the business) that she has to give up all idea of ever getting married and leaving the family.The incensed Durga turns the tables on her father by marrying Hari's best tailor, Ali Mossop, and setting up their own rival shop. With her fate firmly in her own hands Durga faces the tough decision of fighting against her father, or finding a way to join forces.

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