theatre: One Man Two Guvnors

Thanks to a great friend of mine, last week I got to see One Man Two Guvnors! It’s not a show that’s necessarily been on my list of shows to see but now that I’ve finally seen it, I’m questioning why exactly it wasn’t on that list to begin with…

 Unfortunately, I was one of those annoying people who was late for the performance (ah well now I’ve learnt that mistake of trusting a bus to get to the theatre), however the very kind ushers kept me up to speed on what I was missing at the beginning of the show. It’s actually one of my pet hates when people are late for shows so you can imagine how much I was cringing at myself; when I was finally in my seat, without having to climb over anyone thankfully, I had a good idea of what was going on and it didn’t take me long to be thoroughly enjoying it!

This show, as long as you have a sense of humour, will definitely have you cackling for a couple of hours. For those who haven’t seen the show, the plot focus’ on Frances Henshall and his struggle to keep up with his two minding-jobs, while keeping his guvnor’s away from each other as of course they can’t know that he’s working for both of them. Throw in a light almost murder-mystery case and a bit of romance and there’s a plot for everyone to enjoy.

Owain Arthur who currently plays Frances Henshall was absolutely hilarious, his comedic timing was spot on and he played off of everyone brilliantly. Audience participation plays heavily in this show and even when newcomers were up on the stage Arthur’s reactions and responses were sharp and kept the laughs coming.

I really don’t want to say too much in case I spoil it but I have to say I think it’s absolutely the funniest show I’ve ever seen, there were moments were my jaw was aching because of laughter and I wasn’t the only one in that scenario. Everyone left in a very cheery mood and I heard many positive comments when outside the theatre which is always a good sign. This should could be seen by any one too, apart from very young children due to some of the language used and insinuated, but I really believe that anyone could go and see this show, be entertained, have a good laugh and enjoy an evening. What more could you want?!

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