ONE Man Two Guvnors was the National Theatre’s “biggest hit since War Horse” — and it’s coming to Penrith for a four-nights starting tomorrow (Wednesday, 15th February).
Written by Richard Bean, this hilarious play, complete with live music, is an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters — a 1743 Commedia dell’arte style comedy play by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni.
Set in Brighton, 1963, it tells the tale of Francis Henshall, who becomes separately employed by two men — Roscoe Crabbe, a local gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class criminal.
Francis tries to keep the two from meeting in order to avoid each of them learning that he is also working for someone else.
However, it turns out that Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her lover, who is none other than Stanley Stubbers.
Mixed in with these chaotic events is Pauline Clench, who was originally meant to marry Roscoe, but is now set to elope with over-the-top amateur actor Alan Dangle.
The play premiered at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre from 24th May, 2011, and continued until 19th September. Nicholas Hytner directed James Corden in the starring role of Francis Henshall.
In this Penrith Players’ not-to-be-missed production, James Hurrell takes the lead role.
Tickets are on sale at Penrith tourist information centre, telephone 01768 867466, and the Hedgehog Bookshop,in Little Dockray, telephone 01768 863003.