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Hobson's Choice


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Ballet in three acts with choreography by Bintley, music by Paul Reade, and design by H. Griffen. Premiered 13 Feb. 1989 by Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, London, with Karen Donovon and Michael O'Hare. It is based on Harold Brighouse's play of the same title, telling the story of Maggie, daughter of the drunken boot-shop proprietor Hobson, and her love for Will Mossop the lowly boot-hand. Dedicated to de Valois: For Madam an ‘English ballet’, Bintley's realistic evocation of life in the North of England is paralleled by the naturalistic detail of both design and score.

Subjects: Dance.


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