The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors is back and it’s British humour on top form!
The play written by Richard Bean is based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters and set in 1960s Brighton a place full of gangsters and con men.
We follow Francis Henshall (Gavin Spokes) as he hungrily works for two ‘guvnors’ after being fired. The first governor being criminal Roscoe Crabbe, who is actually his ‘non identical’ twin sister Rachel Crabbe (Alicia Davies) in disguise as Roscoe; and the second governor being her lover Stanley Stubbers (Patrick Warner).
Neither Stanley nor Rachel know that Francis is working for the other and neither do they know that that they are all in Brighton. Francis tries to keep both governors happy, whilst trying to remember his role to each governor as his workload spirals out of control.
The play is uniquely brilliant. I was concerned that following the footsteps of James Corden, Gavin Spokes had some large shoes to fill, but fill those he did. His participation with the audience was second to none, with a non-stop roller-coaster of laugh out loud moments. His continuous energy paid off and he certainly wins you over in Act 1.
To me, the play resembles an hilarious episode of Faulty Towers. I absolutely loved Michael Dylan with his performance as Alfie. Alfie’s inability to work with his exaggerated shakes adds an hilarious impact to the play. It was like watching a scene with Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) and Manuel (Andrew Sachs) which has always been a favourite of mine.
The whole cast shines and are truly in tune with each other. The posh Stanley Stubbers (Patrick Warner) makes for some of the funniest moments, even some of the expressions on his face were enough without words!
If you’re looking for an intellectual piece of theatre this probably isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for a high energy, non stop hilarious piece of entertainment to leave you hungry for more, then don’t miss your chance to see One Man, Two Govnors while we are lucky enough to have it at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
A word of warning, make sure you get there 10 minutes early to be greeted by The Craze, a four-piece band as you enter the auditorium.