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A Playwright of Two Halves: Barrie Rutter on Harold Brighouse | reviews, news & interviews

A Playwright of Two Halves: Barrie Rutter on Harold Brighouse

A Playwright of Two Halves: Barrie Rutter on Harold Brighouse

The Northern Broadsides founder on reviving a football play

Some things never change in football; some do: Blackburn Rovers, 1911

Harold Brighouse was a star writer in his time. Today, he’s viewed as a one-play wonder. Everyone knows Hobson’s Choice, his tale of a Salford cobbler outfoxed by his daughters. A hit in New York before its London debut in 1916, the play has been studied by generations of schoolchildren and was made into a classic film by David Lean. But no one remembers much about Brighouse’s other writing. Yet he was prolific, with novels, journalism and 14 other plays to his name. I heard about one of them, The Game, a few years ago.

In Brighouse’s world, the greatest centre forward in the land still lives with his mother in the two-up two-down where he was born

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