Story added: 1:58pm Wed Jan 23, 2013
Chaotic confusion reigns
Tuesday 29th January, 2013 - Theatre Royal, Nottingham
By Dawn Bond
One Man, Two GuvnersRufus Hound stars as Francis Henshall, who likes to have cosy chats with Dolly, played by Amy Booth-Steel. (Photo: Tristam Kenton)
Actor, stand-up comedian and presenter Rufus Hound heads the cast in Nicholas Hytner’s five-star award-winning production of One Man, Two Guvnors for its second UK tour.
Rufus takes the lead role of Francis Henshall.
In Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant Of Two Masters, sex, food and money are high on the agenda.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad.
But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers.
Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel.
To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
The show features songs by Grant Olding, physical comedy, choreography and fighting.
It is a glorious celebration of British comedy — a laugh-out loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and classic one-liners.
Writer Bean won the 2011 Evening Standard Award for best play for One Man, Two Guvnors and The Heretic.
Rufus is best known for the BBC sitcom Hounded, Celebrity Juice, Mad Mad World and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
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