The Tony award winning play One Man, Two Guvnors will be brought to the Lime Tree Theatre by director Dave Griffin this week.
Telling the story of a man in 1960s Brighton, England who has to juggle serving two masters who aren’t aware of his double-duty, the play is a remake of an Italian comedy play from 1743 called The Servant of Two Masters.
Mr Griffin said the cast committed to eight weeks of rehearsal, four rehearsals a week. “Mastering the accents was crucial to the setting of the play and the actors were absolutely brilliant, especially as this is a part-time job for many of them, yet they come in after a long day’s work and rehearse and rehearse,” he said.
“It takes commitment because we want to produce and perform in the most professional way we can. And Lime Tree Theatre allows us that opportunity,” he continued.
Working in the theatre seemed to be in Mr Griffin’s destiny as his parents were performers in the Cecilian musical theatre community and got him singing and performing at an early age. “It’s probably in my DNA,” he joked.
After performing for over 30 years, Mr Griffin transferred into directing last year with a staging of British-comedy play Noises Off.
“That was a great experience for me and I guess it went well enough for them to give me another shot at directing,” the director said.
One Man, Two Guvnors was a smash hit in the UK and Broadway, earning the original star, James Corden, a Tony award for Best Actor.
Playing the role of the main character, overworked and socially naive servant Francis Henshall, is Aodan Fox, winner of The Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) award for Best Actor and a “wonderful Shannon actor, that Limerick audiences may not know as well, but will be greatly surprised by,” said Mr Griffin.
Mr Griffin said that audiences can expect “a really hilarious time and comedy they haven’t seen before because it mixes farce, slapstick, old British comedy, and pantomime.”
There’s even portions of the play that involve audience interaction that Mr Griffin assures is, “a lot of fun.”
One Man, Two Guvnors is playing at the Lime Tree Theatre from November 8-12 . For more details click here.