Richard Bean’s blockbuster comedy One Man, Two Guvnors heads back on the road
The touring production features Gavin Spokes, Barry Williamson and Jasmyn Banks
With the West End version coming to an end after a three-year run in March of this year, it’s with a certain inevitability that Richard Bean’s blockbuster comedy adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1743 commedia dell’arte play Servant of Two Masters returns to the national touring circuit for a third time. This time both James Corden and Rufus Hound have passed on from the lead role of Francis Henshall, the1960s Brightonian lad employed by a working class boss (deceased) who’s being impersonated by his sister, and an upper-crust guv’nor who’s the lover of the sister and the killer of the brother. If that sounds confusing, perhaps it’s best you just see it.
In lieu of such career-making turns, this version includes Gavin Spokes as Henshall and former Eastenders stars Barry Williamson and Jasmyn Banks amid its extensive ensemble. ‘I loved the play when I first saw it two years ago,’ says Banks, who plays dead man’s love interest Pauline Clench, ‘and I went back to see it with a friend who never goes to the theatre because I knew he would love it too. It’s so much fun – silly, clever, witty and there are so many gags in it. It’s just a great night out, first and foremost.’
King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 30 Jun--Sat 5 Jul.