It’s received 5 star reviews from the Guardian, Time Out and the Sunday Times (to name a few), has been running for almost two years and is now a hit in New York’s Broadway – and it’s not surprising why.
One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean’s adaptation of ‘A Servant to Two Masters’, is the ultimate feel-good, hilariously silly play with carefully choreographed slapstick comedy and clever one-liners.
Set in 1960s Brighton, the ‘one man’ Francis Henshall gets in a muddle, rushing back and forth like a shuttlecock between ‘two guvnors’ as he tries to maintain two jobs at once, without his bosses finding out. Portly Francis’ manic workload heavily impacts on his food yearnings, at one point driving him to devour a letter and enjoying every moment despite being ‘a bit dry, could do with some more ink’.
Very enjoyable is the ingenious audience participation and ad-libbing. It’s always nice to see the chemistry between actors onstage; an ‘oopsie poopsie butter fingers’ from pompous toff Stanley Stubbers as Francis fumbles with a bottle is nearly enough to tip Francis over the edge into unstoppable giggles.
Skiffle band The Craze (complete with washboard and spoons) entertains the crowd during scene changes with cheerful, boppy tunes and actors take it in turns to join onstage with a solo, on instruments from a steel drum to their own body.
A visually and verbally hilarious play, we highly recommend One Man, Two Guvnors to anyone coming to stay in London – it’s fun for families, couples and special occasions. Take a peek at our Pre-Theatre option at The Grill Restaurant. You can get in touch and our Concierge will arrange your tickets so all you have to do is sit back, enjoy yourself and laugh.