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One Man, Two Guvnors

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

  • Full Length Play
  • Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards - Best Play
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

Based on the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, in this new English version by prizewinning playwright Richard Bean, sex, food and money are high on the agenda.

Please note - this show has a Mandatory Music fee of A$15.00 per performance for the use of the song "Tomorrow Looks Good From Here" by Grant Olding. There is also an Optional Music fee of A$50.00 for the rest of available songs/interludes (21 in total). These fees are in addition to the standard royalty fee per performance.

*Please note that, for a production, you must use the Samuel French acting edition available from our office if required*

REVIEWS:

"Comic perfection."

Daily Telegraph

"A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history."

The Guardian

"Of all the feelgood shows in London, this is the funniest."

Sunday Times

"The funniest show in the western world."

Daily Mail

Premiere Production: One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre 17th May 2011 to critical acclaim, before transferring to the West End and embarking on a successful UK tour.
  • Casting: 6M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast

  • CHARLIE "CHARLIE THE DUCK" CLENCH - Brighton based by originally from London, 50s
    PAULINE CLENCH - his daughter, 18
    HARRY DANGLE - crooked solicitor, 60s
    ALAN - the son of Dangle, 20s
    DOLLY - an employee of Clench, 30s
    LLOYD BOETENG - a friend to Clench, 50s
    FRANCIS HENSHALL - minder, 30s
    RACHEL CRABBE - sister of Roscoe Crabbe, mid 20s
    STANLEY STUBBERS - privately educated, late 20s
    ALFIE - waiter, 87
    GARETH - head waiter, 40
    Others as required
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    Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

    Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

    Based on the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, in this new English version by prizewinning playwright Richard Bean, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre 17th May, 2011 to critical acclaim, before transferring to the West End and embarking on a successful UK tour. It is also shortlisted for the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Best New Play and the Best Night Out Awards.


    "Comic perfection." - Daily Telegraph

    "A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history." - The Guardian

    "Of all the feelgood shows in London, this is the funniest." - Sunday Times

    "The funniest show in the western world." - Daily Mail

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