Archives - One Man, Two Guvnors

by Richard Bean

Directed by Dick Breeze
Music Director Rob Wallace

Thursday 19th – Saturday 28th January 2017 in the Auditorium

The funniest play in the universe

One Man, Two GuvnorsOne Man, Two Guvnors is part play, part show – and totally hilarious. It is a form of commedia dell’arte (or improvised comedy) where the actors are given certain character types and situations and asked to improvise.

The play is based on the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters written in 1746 by Carlo Goldoni. Goldoni was, single-handedly, instrumental in generating a new form of theatre by adapting the traditions of commedia and placing them in the more structured format of a play.

In this version by prize-winning playwright Richard Bean, sex, food and money are high on the agenda and belly-laughs are widespread and wonderful.

In summary: it’s 1963 and, after being fired from his skiffle band, our hapless hero Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart – all of which leads to an evening of hilarious farce and mischief.

One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre in 2011 to widespread critical acclaim. Following this it transferred to Broadway to even more acclaim and a Tony award. It won the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best New Play with the Daily Mail calling it ‘the funniest play in the world’.

This amateur production of “One Man Two Guvnors” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.


Tickets are now available for just £12. Buy online or from the Box Office.

Meal deal

Take advantage of our £26 meal deal with Terranova Italian Restaurant in Stanborough Park which includes a 2-course, pre-show meal from the set menu with a glass of wine and a ticket for the show. Download the menu

Not available Sundays and Mondays.

Part of the Barn’s 2016/2017 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


'Charlie the Duck' Clench-Lester Adams
Pauline Clench-Kate Humbles
Harry Dangle-Adam Dryer
Alan-Kit Allen
Dolly-Lucy Winston
Lloyd Boateng-David Smith
Francis Henshall-Eamon Goodfellow
Rachel Crabbe-Andrea Brady
Stanley Stubbers-Carl Westmoreland
Alfie-Tom Garratt
Gareth / Taxi-driver / Policeman-Mark Crampton
Barman-Richard Griffiths
Ensemble-Hatty Gouldstone
Lauren Walker
Anya Garratt
Hannah Humbles

Creative team

Director-Dick Breeze
Choregrapher-Vikki Barsby
Music Director-Rob Wallace
Stage Manager-Sharon Francis
Assistant Stage Manager-Brenda Tomlin
Production Manager-Lucy Winston
Set Design-Rosemary Bianchi
Set Construction-Norman Merry
Members of The Barn Theatre Club
Sound-Greg Austin
Lights-Nick Mogg
Props-Michal Parr
Wardrobe-Sheelagh Mogg
Hair and Makeup-Tammy Wall
Poster & Programme Design-John Cook


Percussion-Dan Breeze
Guitars-Tom Glinka
Double Bass-Rob Wallace


Thursday 19th – Saturday 28th January 2017

Thursday 19th January8.00pm 
Friday 20th January8.00pm 
Saturday 21st January8.00pm 
Monday 23rd January8.00pm 
Tuesday 24th January8.00pm 
Wednesday 25th January8.00pm 
Thursday 26th January8.00pm 
Friday 27th January8.00pm 
Saturday 28th January2.30pm 
Saturday 28th January8.00pm 

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