One Man, Two Guvnors in the Auckland Arts Festival
Auckland Arts Festival is thrilled that the National Theatre of Great Britain’s multi award-winning West End and Broadway sensation One Man, Two Guvnors is coming to the Auckland Arts Festival 2013. The multiple five-star comedy runs 14 -23 March 2013 at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.
Fired from his skiffle band, broke and hungry, the hapless Francis Henshall (“one man”) offers his services as a minder to both Roscoe Crabbe and Stanley Stubbers (“two guvnors”). But Francis’s guvs are mixed up in so many schemes, extortions and clandestine dealings that our man is left in the middle of a very definite muddle. Solution? Do everything in his power to keep his two guvnors from meeting. Simple? Not really.
Richard Bean’s smash-hit comedy of errors is a glorious homage to British comedy and vaudeville that happily hijacks the plot of Carlo Goldoni’s classic 18th century Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters. Under the impeccable direction of the National Theatre’s Director, Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors is a laugh-until-you-cry celebration of farce, slapstick, physical gags, sing-alongs and Python-esque absurdity, accompanied by an energetic original score from on-stage band, The Craze.
The show features 15 original songs created by The Craze, who are a British skiffle and beat band. Skiffle is a style of music that originated in the US and has its roots in jazz, blues, folk and roots. The music itself generally uses just three chords, is huge in energy and can often include some homemade or unusual instruments. In the case of One Man, Two Guvnors, this is the band’s famous “hornchestra”, made from over 20 old car horns.
The show comes to Auckland Arts Festival 2013 after hugely acclaimed West End and Broadway seasons and widespread recognition, including Best Play in the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards (UK), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (USA) and seven Tony nominations (USA). The all-British cast is led by Owain Arthur, whose performance has received multiple five-star reviews in the current West End run.