Funny man Rufus Hound is in town and starring along side the small screen soup favourite Kellie Shirley who played Carly Wicks in Eastenders to star in the Broadway and West-end hit One Man, Two GuvnorsOne Man, Two Guvnors play is an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters which replaces the Italian period with Brighton in 1963 setting.
Brighton in the 1960’s and an very easily confused Francis Henshall (Rufus Hound) who becomes employed separately by two Men / Guvnors a local gangster and a criminal not the best two people to find yourself working for as well as trying to keep each of them meeting each other.
This was a laugh a minute and Ruffus didn’t disappoint the sold out audiences of each and every performance the show enjoyed it’s stay at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, I found myself laughing at everything Rufus said and didn’t when he was in or out of his Francis character while talking to the crowds. A lot of funny moments when the crowd got involved was when he picked two members of the audience to join him on stage to help him carry heavy luggage for one of his guvnors to be moved into the pub he was staying in but say the two audience members where trying to lift the luggage Rufus stood on top of the box/luggage but as they where lifting it Rufus nearly fell off it and he made a joke out of this.
Carrying on with all the funny moments of the performance the next one changed how parts of the show panned out this was because Francis kept going on about how hungry he was and that he had been searching for something to eat and feed his hunger, but Rufus stepping out of character again to ask the sold out audience if anyone had anything for him to eat where everyone stayed quite until someone replied that they had a sandwich , which puzzled Rufus how anyone would even bring a sandwich to the theatre and as everyone was laughing at this Rufus asked the question of what flavour it was and he replied with ‘Humus’ which lead Rufus to a laughing fit and meant he couldn’t carry on with the rest of lines and meaning an extra who only had two lines to say throughout the show missed out on his lines because Rufus couldn’t stop laughing through this extra’s part , but this also lead to the extra having a running joke with the member of the audience where he kept giving evil dagger looks to the person and also pointing which everyone felt was really funny , once Rufus composed himself the rest of the show carried on smoothly…. well almost…..
One moment which made everyone think ‘Was that meant to happen?!’ was when another member of the audience was ‘picked’ out of the audience to do a number of tasks on stage to help Francis to help serve the two guvnors but once again not being caught out by each of them lead to his woman who was ‘picked’ to hide under a table in the centre of the stage but while a drink was being lit on the top of the table some of the alcohol fell on the floor where the table was but the drink was still lit and a fire started and the woman rushed out from under the table to stand up against the wall and had a bucket of water thrown on her and then also to be totally engulfed in foam because of the use of a fire extinguisher this lead to a member of the Theatre Royal staff or crew running on the stage telling them to stop spraying her and then the security curtain fell then everyone was left puzzled of what they just saw, to make matters worse a member of the Theatre Royal staff came along to the chair where the woman was seated to take her bag and coat so it looked like this wasn’t part of the performance , so no one knew whether to clap or not or even if the show would carry on.
Thankfully the rest of the show carried on with lots of laughs and everything else went to plan Francis juggling to carry out both tasks set to him by his employee lead them both guvnors found out that Francis was working for both of them but they also found out that one of the guvnors was in disguise as her twin brother who had been killed by her love who was in fact the second of the two guvnors.
Pros – Very Funny | Great Story | Great Cast
Cons – Crowd Participation May Seem Unusual At First
“One of the funniest theatre shows I’ve ever seen”