May 9, 2012

Richard Bean brings to life the best of British Comedy in One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; a laugh ’til you cry trackback to 1963.

For all its portrayal of stereotypes, this National Theatre performance reminds you of a time when the world was more straightforward, if not better or wealthier. Ignoring the modern taboos of the politically correct (and the often ill-informed), One Man, Two Guvnors takes you on a hilarious, slapstick journey to the swinging sixties.

In an unwitting attempt to bring confusion to a world of shady dealings, Francis Henshall (Owain Arthur) is trying to earn his living as a minder. When opportunity comes knocking, Francis can’t resist and he takes two paying jobs, though he can barely manage to hold down one. His endeavours to keep his employers happy, and apart, becomes riotous and farcical entertainment of the type long since lost on British TV and stage.

One Man, Two Guvnors combines the comedy influences of iconic British Comedy from over 50 years. With a host of sharp one liners and a cast that almost make the unbelievable believable, this West End stage performance should be allowed to run for years if only as a reminder that we take life too seriously.

If it doesn’t make you laugh then it’s time to visit your doctor for a sense of humour check-up!

Last updated: May 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm