Review: One Man Two Guvnors

Though the original company may now have been shipped off to Broadway – this triumph of stage comedy still holds strong in its new home of the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. 

Set in the criminal underground of Brighton in 1963, we follow the helpless confusion of the life of Francis Henshall (Owain Arthur) and his basic quest to find a sandwich, to pursue his interests in a certain plump book-keeper (Jodie Prenger), and then finally to satisfy his two newly acquired bosses…(or something in that order).

This play brims with hilarious monologues and some of the best physical comedy around,  filling the house with warm laughter.  This is only rivalled by the quiet tremble of the panicked audience as Francis spontaneously approaches his first audience member to join him onstage.  However, it is these subsequent interactions that lead to the biggest laughs of the night.  The story twists and turns in comic turmoil eventually leading to the inevitable happy ending; not without a few casualties along the way.

As if you needed more, all of this is neatly wrapped-up and interspersed with a fantastic 1960’s skiffle band, “The Craze”, giving the feel of a real night of entertainment. Rarely does an evening leave all your hopes so fulfilled.

Copyright © Theatrejunki 2012.

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