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One Man, Two Guvnors at The King's Theatre, Glasgow

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 1st Jul 2014 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe
The National Theatre treat the UK to a second tour of their highly acclaimed comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
 
One Man Two Guvnors
As we took our seats in the auditorium we were entertained by “The Craze”; a talented 60’s style skiffle band who set the scene nicely for the 1963 based madness to follow. Gavin Spokes (as Francis Henshall) led the cast as the titular “man” bringing the nigh on 300 year old text of Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters” (almost) up to date. Henshall left carnage in his wake in his desperate attempts to secure (first) some food for his belly and (second) the affections of the remarkably endowed Dolly (comically portrayed by Eastenders star, Emma Barton). With unrelenting manic energy he delivered an action packed storyline which featured some of the most impressive physical comedy I have ever seen – particularly from Michael Dylan playing 87 year old Alfie! At one point, so much “pain” seemed to be inflicted on stage that the audience appeared to be rolling around in sympathetic agony (or, perhaps, rolling off their seats with laughter).
 
There were plenty of laughs, too, from the pacey script by Richard Bean featuring some excellent character contrasts and witty dialog which truly wrung every last chuckle from the base concept. Some of the action onstage escalated so quickly that it had the audience first gasping and then guffawing in the same breath. Excellent performances from the character cast included a somewhat underused Shaun Williamson (as Charlie Clench) and a ridiculously entertaining OTT Actor turn from Edward Hancock (as Alan Dangle).
 
The suitably solid scenery was changed behind some nice additional turns from “The Craze” who were joined by various members of the cast to produce a nice variety of numbers (songs by Grant Olding). Altogether this made a highly entertaining evening which I must highly recommend to anyone who has ever enjoyed a laugh.
 
Listings Information
One Man, Two Guvnors
King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Mon 30 June – Sat 5 July
Mon – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm
Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

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