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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
FROM THE BARN THEATRE ARCHIVE

One Man, Two Guvnors

By Richard Bean
Directed by Dick Breeze
Music Director Rob Wallace
Choregrapher Vikki Barsby
19th – 28th January 2017

The funniest play in the universe

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited

One 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’.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Dick Breeze
Music Director
Rob Wallace
Choregrapher
Vikki Barsby

CAST

‘Charlie the Duck’ Clench
Pauline Clench
Harry Dangle
Lloyd Boateng
Francis Henshall
Rachel Crabbe
Stanley Stubbers
Gareth / Taxi-driver / Policeman

CREATIVE TEAM

Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Production Manager
Lighting
Properties
Make-up
Poster & Program

BAND

Percussion
Guitars
Double Bass

DON'T FORGET, COMING UP AT THE BARN SOON

Opening 28th May
By John Finnemore
Opening 13th June
By Mary Chase

 

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

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