The internationally acclaimed One Man Two Guvnors has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent years, winning countless awards as a a glorious celebration of British comedy, packed with satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. An ambitious show to choose, perhaps, but the fearless Union Theatre rose to the challenge to more than do it justice.
As ever, an accomplished ensemble cast gave effortlessly polished performances. Sharp delivery of clever wordplay allowed a demanding script an air of sophistication without detracting from the hugely accessible humour that defines the show. Hilarious physical comedy was expertly delivered by the lovable character of Alfie, played to superb comic timing by Malcolm Clark. The unmistakeable fun on stage certainly translated to the audience, with lots of laughter and utter captivation throughout.
Having been played by such iconic actors as James Corden, the lead role of Francis could be a daunting role to play. Yet Jamie Moore showed no signs of intimidation in his confident and pleasingly acerbic portrayal of the charming chancer juggling two masters. Strong support came from Dominic Wilson as Stanley Stubbers, Lucy Williams as Rachel Crabbe, Rosie Jewell as Pauline Clench and Victoria Ellery-Jones, a force to be reckoned with as the feisty yet vulnerable feminist Dolly.
Music is also used to full effect to heighten the infectious energy of the piece. Lively songs, with many instruments played onstage, and enjoyable singing from the majority of the cast took the entertainment to another level. Tom Bowkett in particular had a stand-out voice. In less capable hands the busy plot could seem confusing and chaotic, but here it is skilfully performed by the cast who make it an overwhelmingly joyous experience to watch.
An exhilarating ride from start to finish, don't miss this latest production from the talented Union Theatre, who continue to go from strength to strength. You're guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face.
Union Theatre's production of One Man Two Guvnors runs at Solihull URC, Christ Church until Saturday 17 October. For more information or to book call the Box Office on 07949 508 478 or buy tickets on the door.
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