Richard Bean’s blockbuster comedy One Man, Two Guvnors heads back on the road
- David Pollock
- 19 June 2014
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.