Right you are, guvnor
One Man, Two Guvnors, as directed by Ross Gumbley, is a hilarious comedy that will keep you laughing throughout and all the way home.
An adaption of 18th century Italian play The Servant of Two Masters, the British comedy is set in the charming and scandalous UK sea-side town of Brighton in the early 1960s. Full of flamboyant attire and colourful characters, the slap-stick comedy and pantomime routines were seamlessly delivered by the professional and talented cast.
Tom Trevella was a stand-out in the lead role of Francis Henshall, a simple Brighton local who finds himself in the predicament of serving two masters. His superb acting, combined with his comic-wit, bought this character to life.
The plot, which stems from the trickiness of Henshall’s situation, is light-hearted in its delivery of themes of love, jealously and panic, using contemporary jokes and music. From cockney gangsters to bumbling aristocracy, the play paints an entertaining and vivid picture of the cultural setting.
In true Court Theatre style, there are a number of audience interactions; beware if you are sitting in the front rows! Credit must also be given to the band, who will keep you toe-tapping and singing along to a mixture of both old songs and new. Their presence set the scene for Brighton, reflecting the musical boom the town experienced in the sixties when it became the swinging metropolis of the south.
One Man two Guvnors runs over the summer until the 17th of January. Book at the Court Theatre website.