Image: King’s Theatre © Mike Murray

One Man, Two Guvnors review

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

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Catriona Davidson
Catriona Davidson joined Young Perspective in September 2013, concentrating largely on theatre reviews in Edinburgh. Among her articles was a controversial review of Stewart Lee which the comedian featured on his website. Catriona stopped writing for this website in 2015 and everyone at Young Perspective would like to wish her all the best with her future endeavours.
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