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posted: 09 Mar 2020 -
One Man, Two Guvnors
Richard Bean
society/company: Lindley Players Limited, The (directory)
from: 07 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
venue: The Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable CT5 1AZ

In 1746, Carlo Goldoni wrote a classic comedy normally translated as The Servant of Two Masters. Richard Bean has used it for a riotous farce combining the original's structure with a particularly English verbal and physical humour. The result is one of the funniest productions.

The plot almost defies description. But Bean has set the action in 1963, and the key point is that Francis Henshall, a failed skiffle player, finds himself working for two guvnors. One, Rachel Crabbe, is disguised as her dead gangland twin.

Francis's other employer is a snooty toff, Stanley Stubbers, who not only killed Rachel's brother but is also her secret lover. Neither boss is aware of the other, as Francis bounces between them. In the play's most famous scene, he serves them dinner simultaneously.

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