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National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (2011)

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 his fiancée's dad. But Roscoe is really his... See full summary »

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Robin Lough

Writers:

Richard Bean, Carlo Goldoni (play)
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Credited cast:
David Benson David Benson ... Gareth
Oliver Chris ... Stanley Stubbers
Polly Conway Polly Conway ... Ensemble
James Corden ... Francis Henshall
Jolyon Dixon Jolyon Dixon ... Ensemble
Tom Edden ... Alfie
Martyn Ellis ... Doctor
Derek Elroy Derek Elroy ... Ensemble
Trevor Laird Trevor Laird ... Lloyd Boateng
Claire Lams Claire Lams ... Pauline Clench
Paul Lancaster ... Ensemble
Fergus March ... Ensemble
Gareth Mason ... Ensemble
Leighton Pugh Leighton Pugh ... Harry Dangle
Fred Ridgeway Fred Ridgeway ... Charlie Clench
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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 his fiancée's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who's 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 one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Written by National Theatre Live

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15 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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James Corden won a Tony Award for the Broadway stage version of this, over stage veterans James Earl Jones and Frank Langella, on June 10, 2012. See more »

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Some may like this; I thought it was far from amusing.
25 June 2016 | by schuhhornSee all my reviews

This is unquestionably the least funny "comedy" I have seen in a long time. Which is not to say that everyone will dislike it. Some of the acting was good. However, to get into this you probably have to be (a) English, preferably working class; (b) fully up on English slang; (c) thrilled by lewd jokes; d) a tad misogynistic.

I have enjoyed Goldoni's original play; I deplore what Bean has done with it. The humour, such as it is, is mostly of the lowest kind, complete with double-takes, winks and leers. The acting is correspondingly broad, making sure that everyone gets the "joke". The involvement of the audience is not itself off-putting, though I don't think it's anywhere near as amusing as some others evidently did, but it does slow the play down. I was bored and left before the end; others may enjoy this. Chaqu'un à son gout.


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