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Theatre Review: One Man Two Guvnors - Grand Theatre, Blackpool

One Man Two Guvnors

One Man Two Guvnors

A HUMMUS sandwich, a thinly veiled dig at Canada, a brag about starting The Beatles – oh and two very important doors.

Mix them together and you’ve a rather oddball recipe for a rather wonderful work of comedy.

Richard Bean’s delightful One Man, Two Guvnors – a modern day reworking of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Comedia dell’Arti The Servant With Two Masters – stops off at the Grand this week as part of a national tour by the National Theatre.

And a hoot it is too.

Part Brighton Rock, part Carry On, it’s riotous, bawdy British fayre – a farce, a musical, a feast of one liners in which the audience is, quite literally, in on the joke.

Rufus Hound plays the slapstick ‘harlequin’ Francis Henshall with tremendous energy – his ad lib skills blending seamlessly into the ever so clever script.

Rosie Wyatt provides the closest thing to a straight man as the cross-dressing Rachel while home town girl Jodie Prenger shows she was born for the stage as Henshall’s love interest Dolly.

But it’s fair to say the show is stolen by a doddering waiter by the name of Alfie who makes Julie Walters’ Mrs Overall look a consummate professional.

To try and sum up the plot could never do Bean’s work, or Goldoni’s original justice.

Just be content to know it’s a gag-packed, two-hour comedy tour-de-force, brilliantly sewn together by the rockabilly sounds of live band The Craze.

It’s on until Saturday, really, what are you waiting for!

 

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