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One Man, Two Guvnors

OPEN 25/02/2022 - 05/03/2022

Venue Name: Abbey Theatre St Albans

Venue Postcode: AL12DL


Credits: Richard Bean Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni With songs by Grant Olding

Societies: Company of Ten at Abbey Theatre

‘The funniest show on the planet’ is coming to the Abbey Theatre this month

One Man, Two Guvnors is an adaptation of the 1743 comedy, A Servant of Two Masters, by Italian playwright, Carlo Goldoni. It’s had audiences laughing out loud for nearly 400 years.

The action takes place in Brighton in the 1960s and follows Francis Henshall, as he tries to juggle his duties for two ‘guvnors’, whilst keeping them apart from each other to avoid discovery of his double life. He is also intent on filling his ever-empty stomach, always frustrated in his efforts, to excellent comic effect.

Marlon Gill, who plays Francis Henshall, says, “The show is a fantastically funny farce, sports great characters, suitably absurd situations and classic physical comedy.’

The two ‘masters’ are Rachel Crabbe, disguised as her dead brother, Roscoe, and Stanley Stubbers, her lover, and Roscoe’s killer.

Nick Reed, who plays Stanley Stubbers, says, ‘It’s marvellous to be in such a silly, joyous and ‘democratic’ production where everyone has killer comic lines.”

Our cast is supported by our own live skiffle band, who will be playing throughout the show. The Abbey Flyers are led by Chris Bramwell, last seen as the director of the Company of Ten’s recent ‘sell-out’ production of Private Lives. Chris says, “It’s been an exciting venture forming the band for One Man, Two Guvnors. I’ve managed to bring together an experienced group of very talented musicians, and we’re really enjoying getting the measure of all the songs. They’re cleverly written as a kind of pastiche of songs from the early 1960s by Lonnie Donegan, the Beatles, the Kinks, and more, and I think they add a lot of fun to the show.”

The Company of Ten is run to professional standards, show-casing outstanding quality theatre to the local community, at affordable prices, with everything from family classics to razor-sharp contemporary theatre, local writing and world premieres.

We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to join us, so if you are interested in any aspect of theatre, from stage lighting to prop making, set building, costume, stage management or acting, have a look at our website: for more details.

  • : current/future_show
  • : 496108
  • : Abbey Theatre St Albans
  • : 25/02/2022
  • : AL12DL
  • : 05/03/2022
  • : east_of_england
  • : Richard Bean Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni With songs by Grant Olding
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  • : £13/£12



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