‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, at New Theatre Oxford
I write this in a cafe (I know, you’re not feeling too sorry for me just yet) because BT have knocked out my existing phone line and broadband – for FOUR DAYS!!! – which let me tell you as a blogger is A. Major. Trauma. GRRRRRR.
Often I write at night when the kids are in bed which is obviously not an option when you can’t get on the flippin internet, so this means I now have half an hour in which to fling this post out to you!
But fling it I must because I went to see One Man, Two Guvnors last night at the New Theatre in Oxford and was crying with laughter. It’s on until Saturday so if you get the chance, seriously, seriously, seriously try and make it. There are very few productions that I shout from the rooftops – often if I like something I can still see its shortcomings for others – but I’m really confident you’ll love this.
The play has won massive plaudits (but then I’m never that swayed by that – Starlight Express won loads too and look how rubbishio that is) , and originally starred James Corden but I have to say that Gavin Spokes was just brilliant in the title role and Shaun Willliamson – still billed on his bio in the programme as ‘best known as Barry from EastEnders’ was great too.
One Man, Two Guvnors is billed as a slapstick farce and that was enough to put Mr Muddy off, after a play at the Old Vic some years ago that left us groaning in our seats at the old ducking-under-ladder gags. But I’m so sorry I didn’t insist he came, because it was absolutely hilarious, and fast and knowing and with audience participation that wasn’t even the tiniest bit cringey.
The story’s set in the 60s, and centres around a loveable minder called Frances Henshall, who is so hungry and lacking in funds he gets himself a second ‘guvnor’ and then for rest of the show tries to work for both without the other knowing.
I won’t spoil it by telling you the funniest bits – there are too many and I’m running out of cafe-blogging time – but go and see for yourself and as ever, let me know what you think of it. Over and out!
Buy tickets £11.90 – £37.90. One Man Two Guvnors, New Theatre, until Saturday 28 Feb.