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One Man Two Guvnors

Carlo Goldoni, Richard Bean, Grant Olding

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573111020

One Man Two Guvnors
written by Richard Bean
with songs by Grant Olding
based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Adaptations (Stage & Screen)

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1960s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Large Stage

Winner - Best Play, Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 2011

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee. 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 reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

Based on the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, in this new English version by prizewinning playwright Richard Bean, with songs and music by Grant Olding, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre 17th May 2011 to critical acclaim, before transferring to the West End and embarking on a successful UK tour. It is also shortlisted for the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Best New Play and the Best Night Out Awards.

*Please note that, for a production, you must use the Samuel French acting edition*


Press reviews

‘Comic perfection.’ Daily Telegraph, March 2012

"A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history" The Guardian

‘Of all the feelgood shows in London, this is the funniest’ Sunday Times

‘The funniest show in the western world’ Daily Mail

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CASTING

6m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast

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Please contact your Licensing Representative for further information about the music for this title.

The song 'Tomorrow Looks Good From Here' by Grant Olding and Richard Bean is mandatory for licenced productions.

Materials will also be available for the rest of the songs and music used in the play and their use is optional for licenced productions.
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Author(s)

Richard Bean

Richard Bean was born in Hull in 1956. After school, he worked in a bread plant before leaving to study Social Psychology at Loughborough University. Richard has worked as a psychologist and a stand-up comedian. His work for the stage includes: Young Marx (which has just opened London’s brand new Bridge Theatre), The Hypocrite (which completed runs at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Hull ... view full profile

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Martin Tyrrell 26/04/2017 07:18
Funniest play I have ever had the privilege to direct. Chaotic and hilarious...

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