“One Man, Two Guvnors” is written by Richard Bean, and directed by Chris Baldock for HTC.
One easily-confused and ever-ravenous Francis Henshall finds himself a minder of two men, a gangster and a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, extortions and romantic associations, in 1960’s Brighton. To prevent discovery Francis must keep his two guvnors apart at all costs. But it’s tricky. Mistaken identities, cross dressing, multiple mishaps and a lot of dodgy cash transactions, soon coalesce to engulf him in pandemonium.
This internationally-acclaimed smash hit is a glorious celebration of British comedy. It has a wonderful mix of satire, slapstick and witty one liners, wonderfully supported by the music and songs of Grant Olding.
Adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s “Servant of Two Masters” (written in 1743!), this vibrant comedy continues to wow audiences. Its theme of tangled relationships continues to speak to us after nearly three centuries.
(Text by Chris Mclean & Dave Belton)
Heidelberg Theatre Company, Rosanna, Melbourne VIC Australia.
(Image by Dave Belton)