Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters is a modern riotous farce based on classic Commedia dell’Arte. Set in 1963 Brighton, comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancées dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
The ages given here are for guidance only so don’t be put off. The bracketed names are the Goldoni’s character for those of you who might want to swat up on the original play.
- CHARLIE ‘CHARLIE THE DUCK’ CLENCH
- 50s, Brighton based but originally London (Pantalone)
- PAULINE CLENCH
- his daughter, Brighton (Clarice)
- HARRY DANGLE
- 60s, crooked solicitor, Rottingdean / tries to be posh Brighton (Lombardi) Partner in Dangle, Berry and Bush solicitors.
- ALAN DANGLE
- the son of Dangle (Silvio)
- 30’s and employee of Clench, Brighton (Smeraldina)
- LLOYD BOATENG
- 50’s a friend to Clench (Brighella)
- FRANCIS HENSHALL
- RACHEL CRABBIE
- mid-20s, London (Beatrice Rasponi; 1st Master)
- STANLEY STUBBERS
- mid-20’s Home counties, privately educated (Florindo Aretusi; 2nd Master)
- comic waiter
- comic waiter
Plus at least four ensemble non-speaking parts.
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