Most weekends are the same: down to the local boozer, out for dinner with the missus, a trip to the cinema, a (usually unlucky) night at the casino, Central London shopping… How’s about trying something a bit different and surprise the Mrs with tickets to the theatre. Now just wait a minute, I know the theatre conjures up ideas of sitting there bored out of your head watching some puff prance about the stage. But not all shows are about that. Base London have taken the time to hunt down a show that won’t make you want to tear your own ears off.
One Man, Two Guvnors – The Haymarket Theatre Royal (18 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HT)
“Good old-fashioned fun”
“Definitely British humour”
A tribute to retro British comedy, a rich blend of sarcasm, songs, slapstick, smut, puns, cockney birds and satirical conmen.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Written by the reliably outrageous Richard Bean, directed by Nick Hytner based on ‘The Servant of Two Masters’ from Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding.
Runs 2hrs 30mins £15-£85.