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Hilarious award-winning farce One Man, Two Guvnors comes to Diss

PUBLISHED: 11:38 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:38 11 July 2018

One Man, Two Guvnors by Mustard Theatre Company. Photo: Rob Backhouse

One Man, Two Guvnors by Mustard Theatre Company. Photo: Rob Backhouse

ROB BACKHOUSE

A triumph of visual and verbal comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, has been described as the funniest production in the National Theatre’s history.

One Man, Two Guvnors by Mustard Theatre Company. Photo: Rob BackhouseOne Man, Two Guvnors by Mustard Theatre Company. Photo: Rob Backhouse

It carried off the Evening Standard best play award in 2011 and then brought the house down on Broadway, winning a Tony for its star James Corden.

Now Mustard Theatre Company is bringing its production of this hit West End and Broadway comedy to Diss Corn Hall on July 14.

Established in 2004 as a touring amateur theatre group, Mustard has previously staged productions including Death and the Maiden, Little Voice and the UK premiere of Ten Times Two - The Eternal Courtship, by award winning Canadian playwright David Belke.

One Man, Two Guvnors by Mustard Theatre Company. Photo: Rob BackhouseOne Man, Two Guvnors by Mustard Theatre Company. Photo: Rob Backhouse

A riotous farce with laugh out loud satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners, One Man, Two Guvnors is based on Carlo Goldoni’s classic comedy The Servant of Two Masters, written in 1746.

It has been re-shaped into a riotous farce by Richard Bean. He has set the action in 1960s Brighton where Francis Henshall, a wannabe skiffle player, finds himself working for ‘two guvnors’.

One, Rachel Crabbe, is disguised as her dead gangland brother’s twin, wearing a mop-top wig. The other is a sort of snooty toff, Stanley Stubbers, who not only killed Rachel’s brother but is also her secret lover.

One Man, Two Guvnors by Mustard Theatre Company. Photo: Rob BackhouseOne Man, Two Guvnors by Mustard Theatre Company. Photo: Rob Backhouse

Neither boss is aware the other is in Brighton as Francis ricochets between them like a shuttlecock and, in the play’s most hilarious scene, serves them dinner simultaneously.

The production is also being staged at The Cut, Halesworth, on July 13, Bungay Fisher Theatre on July 20, Beccles Public Hall on July 24 and the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft on July 27.

• One Man, Two Guvnors is at Diss Corn Hall on July 14, 7.30pm, £9, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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