Sunday, 20 June 2021

Hey guv, a comedy’s coming to Oxford

ONE of the funniest plays to hit the stage in recent years comes to Oxford’s New Theatre next year, writes Lesley Potter.

One Man Two Guvnors is the story of Francis Henshall who, fired from his skiffle band, becomes a minder to gangster Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe turns out to be Rachel, posing as her own dead brother — who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Francis — a role made famous by comedian James Corden — spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and secretly takes a job with Stubbers. He spends the rest of the play trying to keep his two guvnors apart.

The play, a re-working of Carol Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, opened at the National Theatre in May 2011 and transferred to the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End, where it completed a sell-out run. It has been seen by more than a million people to date.

The touring production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, will star Gavin Spokes as Henshall and Shaun Williamson of EastEnders fame as Charlie Clench.

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