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True British slapstick comedy at The Regent Theatre with One Man, Two Guvnors

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Fancy having a giggle this week? Well, get yourself down to the Regent Theatre for their latest offering.

There is currently some surefire hilarious slapstick comedy showing at Hanley’s top entertainment venue with the running of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’.

Presented by The National Theatre, the show presents a barrel of laughs in portraying the story of Francis Hensall who is fired from his skiffle band and finds employment as the minder of Roscoe Crabbe, who is actually Rachel, posing as her own dead brother - who happens to have been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Francis is then also employed by Stanley but has a tough job in keeping his two ‘Guvnors’ apart.

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All of the One Man, Two Guvnors’ cast are multi-talented on stage with most helping to provide some form of short musical interlude between scene changes as well as providing clear dialogue and timely comedic acts.

For the visit to The Regent Theatre, Owen Guerin is playing a convincing Francis - superbly clowning and bumbling about to portray the loveable character.

And with two former Eastenders actors, in Shaun Williamson as Charlie Clench, and Emma Barton as Dolly; the cast is certainly made up of a talented crew.

The sets for One Man, Two Guvnors are of the same highs standard as the acting, with cleverly placed props and huge scenic backdrops which help audience members feel like they really are back in 1963 watching as Francis bumbles about in his feat to earn double the dosh in having two Guvnors to work for.

The show also has some audience participation which also creates further giggles - just be sure that if you are chosen to take part that you are of the light-hearted up-for-a-laugh nature.

One thing for sure, I bet the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors have great fun in presenting this show - and when casts enjoy themselves on stage that always rubs off onto the audience members - making for an even more enjoyable theatre experience.

This show is definitely worth watching as it presents a whole host of true British comedy.

The show is running at the Regent Theatre until Saturday (August 30). Tickets and further details can be found at http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/one-man-two-guvnors/regent-theatre.

THEATRE REVIEW BY BELINDA HARGREAVES

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