One Man Two Guvnors

by  Carlo Goldoni, Richard Bean, Grant Olding

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 3f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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*

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Accolades

  • Winner - Best Play, Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 2011

Reviews


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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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £67 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: £10 per performance
    Optional Music/Media Fee: £37 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

6m, 3f
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  • Ensemble cast

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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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Authors

Carlo Goldoni

Carlo Goldoni

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), ...

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Grant Olding

Grant Olding

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