Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
Date · 4th to 8th April 2017
Richard Bean’s award winning play “One Man Two Guvnors” has been described as “a glorious celebration of British Comedy, laugh-out-loud satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners”.
Based on Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters” Bean’s updated version exchanges 18th Century Florence for 1960’s Brighton, peopled by East End gangsters, criminals and con artists.
It centres around minder, Francis Henshall who secretly tries to work for 2 bosses, gangster Roscoe Crabbe and upper class criminal Stanley Stubbins and his attempts to keep them apart lead to hilarious consequences.
But Roscoe is dead, killed by Stubbins, and is being impersonated by his sister Rachel who is in Brighton to collect £6,000 from Roscoe’s fiancée’s father.
Although updated, Bean uses many of the characters and tricks of Commedia dell’ arte making for a sometimes surprising, extremely funny and wonderfully entertaining evening of physical theatre.
This play made James Corden a Broadway star in the leading role.
We recommend you to come and see for yourselves why this popular play has been so successful.
One Man Two Guvnors
Company · Ginny Davis
Production · Learned Friends
Date · 5th May 2017
Fascinating and thought provoking play by a former barrister, reveals what lawyers really do when the jury is out and answers questions about the legal system you’ve always wanted to ask.
Learned Friends
Company · Robin Hood Theatre Company
Production · The Witches by Roald Dahl
Date · 20th to 24th June 2017
This famous children’s story is charming and frightening in equal measure and is suitable for adults as well as children. It is a challenging script for actors and technical crew with multiple sets, transformations and magical happenings.
Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents in 1916. He started writing after serving as a World War 2 fighter pilot and being badly injured in a crash. His nineteen stories for children are very popular but have been the subject of some controversy, as critics and parents have balked at their portrayal of children’s harsh revenge on adult wrongdoers. In his defence, Dahl claimed that children have a cruder sense of humour than adults, and that he was merely trying to appeal to his readers. He was right, of course and his stories about such as ‘Matilda’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach’ have been turned into successful plays and films. The film of ‘The Witches’ made in 1990 is a children’s classic.
Throughout his life Dahl was a passionate advocate of children’s reading in general and stories in particular. He said, “Without stories, we’re all eating machines with shoes”. The story of ‘The Witches’ begins when the unnamed protagonist, known only as Boy, moves in with his grandmother after he is left an orphan. The relationship between Boy and the grandmother is good as they love each other very much. She tells him many stories about witches, specifically how to recognize them so he will be safe from them. Witches are awful creatures who look like human women and prey on children. Boy and Bruno, a guest in the same hotel, become victims of the witches but with the unwitting assistance of the hotel staff they do get their revenge.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl
The Witches
There will be a matinee performance on Saturday 24th June at 2.00pm