Buxton Drama League stage farce

It is said that you would have had to have had a humour by-pass not to enjoy the brilliant farce by Richard Bean – One Man, Two Guvnors.

So make sure you book tickets to see the award-winning show – which received rave reviews while in the West End and Broadway – when it is staged by the Buxton Drama League this month.

The drama unfolds in Brighton in 1963 as Francis, an out-of-work failed skiffle player, suddenly finds himself with two jobs and two bosses.

One of the two masters, Rachel, is disguised as her dead gangland twin: the other, Stanley, is a posh twerp who is both Rachel’s hapless lover and her brother’s killer.

Francis (performed by James Corden in the original West End production) juggles both jobs on while a non-stop sequence of misunderstandings, comic wordplay and frantic slapstick creates mayhem around him.

Bean based the classic British comedy on the 1743 play The Servant with Two Masters by Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni.

It is a laugh a minute and since Samuel French Ltd made the production available for non-professional companies, it’s been the most popular choice for community theatre companies up and down the country.

The team behind this production will almost certainly have empathy with Francis for as amateur actors they have to juggle their demanding day jobs with the need for rehearsals and performing.

Among their ranks are a vet, a solicitor, a baker, store manager and a support worker and they have been praised as every bit as professional as actors who perform for a living in reviews for their recent productions Season’s Greetings, Breaking the Code and Butley.

One Man, Two Guvnors, can be seen at Buxton Opera House from May 19-21 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £14 and discounts are available. To buy tickets call Buxton Opera House box office on 01298 72190 or go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk