A testament to British comedy, the National Theatre UK tour of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ features Gavin Spokes stepping into the role of Francis Henshall, (played previously by James Corden) a man whose motivation for his next meal causes him to acquire a second employer. In order to maintain his secret, the two must be kept apart. Though the first ten minutes or so were a little weak, the entrance of Spokes was immediately charming and amusing. His innocent and bumbling portrayal got the audience gripped from the first moment. Needless to say, they did not waver until the curtain fell.
Other worthy mentions include Edward Hancock as actor Alan Dangle, Patrick Warner as posh-boy and guvnor Stanley Stubbers, and Alicia Davies as Rachel (Roscoe) Crabbe. With a strong supporting cast, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ is thoroughly entertaining, even if one or two of its characters are less endearing. Credit must also go to the highly talented band (The Craze) whose lively and upbeat songs made everyone smile from the moment they entered the theatre.
The stage, while simple, was a little distracting. The extreme perspective and massive set pieces took a little away from the cast, who without such talent and mastery of the audience would not have managed to produce such a gripping show.
This production is appropriate for all ages and has the ability to brighten an evening.
Tour continues as follows;
|New Theatre, Oxford||24 February– 28 February 2015|
|New Wimbledon Theatre||2 March – 7 March 2015|
|Grand Opera House, York||10 March – 14 March 2015|
|Wolverhampton Grand Theatre||17 March – 21 March 2015|
Image: King’s Theatre © Mike Murray