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One Man, Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket

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'A Glorious Celebration of British Comedy'
one man, two guvnors, royal haymarket

One Man, Two Guvnors may be based on an Italian play, but it is as British as the fish & chips at Brighton. The Servant of Two Masters was originally an Italian comedy written by the 18th century playwright Carlo Goldoni, but with the magic of his pen, Richard Bean relocated the characters from Venice to Brighton, transforming it into a classic British farce, with all the traditional wit and slapstick humour we're famous for.

When Francis Henshall gets kicked out of his skilfle band, he finds employment in the form of a gangster called Roscoe Crabbe. Or so Francis thinks. The man Francis is actually working for is not even a man at all. It is Roscoe's sister Rachel, who has disguised herself as her dead brother in order to get vengeance from the man who killed him. Francis sees this as an opportunity, and gets a job with Rachel's murdering boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers.

I'm sure you can already see the plot unravelling in your mind, but if you would like to see it live on stage, then the play is showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until the 31st August with tickets costing between 15-57.50.
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Why? For traditional British Comedy
When: Until 31st August
Phone: 020 7930 8800
Where: Theatre Royal Haymarket
Cost: 15-57.50
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