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Review: One Man, Two Guvnors at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Chaos and comedy

One Man, Two Guvnors

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Until Saturday 2 August 2014.

2014 has been a good year for comedy at the theatre in our region and One Man, Two Guvnors is no exception. It is a tight production which keeps the audience roaring with laughter.

Richard Bean’s story has moved Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters to 1963 Brightonand in doing so has licence for a lot of humour which will appeal to the British sense of humour.  The National Theatre productions are renowned for fabulous casts and this is no exception.  The first scene opens with the engagement party of Pauline and Alan. Jasmyn Banks and Edward Hancock do a great job of representing the opposite ends of the education spectrum without overplaying it. A similar battle of the brains is played out between Pauline’s Dad, Charlie ‘The Duck’ Clench and Alans’s Dad who is the “No win – same fee” solicitor Harry Dangle. Add into the mix the sassy Dolly and former Parkhurst resident Lloyd, performed by the sharp witted Emma Barton and Derek Elroy. The supporting cast do a brilliant job at setting up many of the funny lines.

Tension, and much fun, starts when the previous fiancé, the murdered Roscoe Crabbe apparently appears with his henchman Francis Henshall. These two leads have been extremely well cast as Alicia Davies and Gavin Spokes are able to manipulate the show and make it appear fresh and spontaneous each evening. This is no mean feet in comedy. Add the arrival of the second Guvnor Stanley Stubbers, with his boarding school jokes executed by Patrick Warner, and the slapstick begins.  Francis tries to keep his two guvnors happy when they both move into the local pub. The pace of the action never slows as plot unfolds.

The jokes are never cruel or out of place in a modern theatre and the audience are given many opportunities to laugh. The
Vaudeville humour is supplemented by the perfect timing of Michael Dylan as the waiter Alfie who helplessly collides with set and the musicians The Craze led by musical director Philip Murray Warson, who pop up at each scene change.

One Man, Two Guvnors is marvellous show full of highly entertaining mischief from a superb cast.

One Man, Two Guvnors appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 28 July – Saturday 2 August. 
Tickets are available from £12 (a booking fee of 95p - £1.95 will apply to most tickets) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at

This review was written by Stephen Oliver for Jowheretogo PR ( Follow Jo on twitter @jowheretogo, Stephen @panic_c_button or like Jowheretogo on Facebook 

The Tour:
Newcastle Theatre Royal            28 July – 2 August 2014     
Dartford Orchard Theatre          4 August – 9 August 2014            
The Waterside, Aylesbury            11 August – 16 August 2014        
Crawley Hawth      18 August – 23 August 2014        
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent           25 August – 30 August 2014
Liverpool Empire     1 September – 6 September 2014         
Theatre Royal, Bath          8 September – 20 September 2014       
Royal & Derngate, Northampton         22 September – 27 September 2014     
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury      29 September – 2 October 2014
Leicester Curve      6 October – 11 October 2014
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen          13 October – 18 October 2014
Hall For Cornwall    20 October – 25 October 2014
Leeds, Grand Theatre      4 November – 8 November 2014
Grand Theatre, Belfast    10 November -17 November 2014      
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin         17 November – 22 November 2014     
Norwich, Theatre Royal   24 November – 29 November 2014     
Swan Theatre, High Wycombe 1 December – 6 December 2014         
Brighton, Theatre Royal   16 December 20143 January 2015  
Salford, Lowry          12 January – 17 January 2014   
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland           19 January – 24 January 2015
Theatre Royal, Nottingham       26 January – 31 January 2015   
The Churchill Theatre, Bromley 2 February – 7 February 2015     
New Theatre, Cardiff        9 February – 14 February 2015
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh       16 February – 21 February 2015
New Theatre, Oxford        23 February– 28 February 2015
New Wimbledon Theatre            2 March – 7 March 2015
Grand Opera House, York          9 March – 14 March
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre          16 March – 21 March 2015

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