One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean is a fast-paced and side-splittingly funny live comedy which will have you rolling in the aisles! This rollicking play is a unique ‘laugh-out-loud’ mix of satire, slapstick, hilarious one-liners, song and in-between scene vaudeville acts. It is British Comedy at its best and is an adaption of the commedia dell’arte plot of Carlo Goldoni’s Italian Comedy The Servant of 2 Masters which was first performed in 1746.
In 1963 Brighton, out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class twit. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is also working for someone else. Complicating events, Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her boyfriend, who is none other than Stanley. Complicating events still further is local mobster Charlie the Duck, who has arranged his daughter Pauline's engagement to Roscoe despite her preference for over-the-top amateur actor Alan Dangle. Even further complications are prompted by several letters, a very heavy trunk, an extremely elderly waiter and Francis' pursuit of his twin passions: Dolly (Charlie's feminist bookkeeper), and food.
One Man, Two Guvnors opened at London’s National Theatre in in 2011 and became a West-End and Broadway smash-hit with an Australasian tour in 2013. It received a raft of five-star reviews and numerous awards (see here for details).
Remarkable Theatre is delighted to be able to bring this fall-over funny play to the Southern Lakes from 12-21 September. Note: Family friendly but with coarse language so recommended for ages 10 and up. Concession tickets for under 18s and/or full-time students. Proof of student / age required on arrival.
The play is directed by Deb Lind and produced by Jane Robertson.
Cast as follows:
Francis Henshall - Blaise Barham
Rachel Crabbe - Nicole McLean
Stanley Stubbers - Alex Littlewood
Alan Dangle - Greg Dorn
Dolly - Phena Byrne
Charlie Clench - Justin Abbiss
Pauline Clench - Sarah Barham
Lloyd Boateng - Chris MacKenzie
Harry Dangle - Cameron Steele
Alfie - Nathan Cook
Head Waitress - Sue Harcombe
Ensemble / Vaudeville - Marie Dorin,
Julian Gonzales, Nina Johnston,
Lyall McGregor, Angus Pettigrew
& Annekarien van der Velde.
Reviews from the original productions:
'An evening of riotous delight. I found myself physically incapable with laughter.' - Daily Telegraph, UK
'The longest sustained laugh I've heard in years of theatre-going.' - The New Yorker.
'A triumph of verbal and visual comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history.' - The Guardian, UK