ACTORS are stepping back on stage for the first time in two years following the pandemic.

Knutsford Little Theatre is launching its 2022 season with Harold Brighouse’s much loved comedy Hobson’s Choice.

Performances start at 7.30pm on Friday, April 1, and run until Saturday, April 9.

“The cast is really excited, they are absolutely buzzing,” said Rachel Perrin, from Knutsford Little Theatre.

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“It is exciting to be open again. Tickets are going really well.”

Tony Turner is making his debut as a director.

“His challenge was to provide an evocative representation of the times, whilst working within a stylised and flexible setting.

“This play is set at the beginning of the Suffragette movement with more women coming out into the open. That’s his angle on it.

“Tony has encouraged everyone to have input into this play, more of a co-operative effort.”

The play centres on bombastic boot shop owner Hobson who is astounded when his eldest daughter announces she plans to marry one of his employees.

The comedy unfolds as Maggie stands up to her belligerent father.

Knutsford Guardian: Mike Wilding as Hobson in a scene from Hobson's Choice Picture: Chris Keller-Jackson of Crank PhotosMike Wilding as Hobson in a scene from Hobson's Choice Picture: Chris Keller-Jackson of Crank Photos

Tony said: “In our production we have attempted to pull together the disparate strands of the three sisters and, as the women grow in strength, now refusing to be cowed by Hobson, Maggie grows in confidence and righteous anger as she confronts and overcomes her misogynistic father."

The theatre can’t wait to welcome visitors to their newly refurbished foyer and bar.

“We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment,” said Rachel.

“The theatre can be an escape, a date night, a place for friends and family to come and make memories.”

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