One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean

Oh what a man! Francis Henshall is a man driven by his needs, whether its food or a good woman, he is totally consumed and motivated by his desires. Wheeling and dealing is the name of the game and his twists and turns form the plot. This is a play that has been performed everywhere from the West End to mainstream theatres around the country and the Little Theatre does it full justice.

Whatever your age or inclination, it grips you in its grasp and doesn’t let go until the final curtain

The play opens with a musical rendition that transports us back to a very pattern-heavy living room in the wonderfully tasteless 1960s. We are subjected to a cheesy dance routine that makes Pans People look sophisticated but somehow it’s great. Younger members of the audience will look upon it as wonderfully retro and the rest will cringe remembering a time when they thought it was the height of fashion. Whatever your age or inclination, it grips you in its grasp and doesn’t let go until the final curtain.

Scene changes are wonderfully entertaining with Pathé films of Brighton in a by-gone era. The local audience just laps it up, making a sport of spotting familiar places as they were. We are transported from one scene to another with effortless ease. Richard Bean’s wonderful script is delivered with verve.

The whole cast play their parts brilliantly; from the scarily statuesque Dolly to the entertainingly actorly Alan, née Orlando, Darling and on to the disturbingly, George Osborne-like Stanley Stubbers. We can ignore the occasional lapses in accents as we are kept thoroughly entertained. Alfie’s misfortunes, of which there are many, have a hint of the late, great lamented Victoria Wood’s creation Mrs Overall but on a very bad day. Who can’t love a firm of solicitors called Dangle, Berry & Bush. I rest my case. All this is interspersed with musical interludes well performed and ladies, your harmonies rock!

To sum up, if you’ve had a bad day or your cat’s died go and see this. You will come away with a smile on your face and a renewed love for Brighton.

Reviews by Gill Balfour

The Southern Belle

Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol

★★★★★
Gulbenkian / Roedean School

Antigone

★★★★
The Old Market

Othello

★★★★★
New Venture Theatre

Lulu

★★★
Sweet Dukebox

So You Say

★★★★
Theatre Royal Brighton

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers and cross-dressing mobsters are just some of the delights that await you in this West End/Broadway smash hit. Set in 1960s Brighton, the play focuses on Francis Henshall, who becomes separately employed by two criminals.

Most Popular See More

Come From Away

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Cinderella The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Dear Evan Hansen

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Mousetrap

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets