Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe, a small time East End hood. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubber. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.
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 fiancée's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who's 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 one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.Written by
National Theatre Live
I was absolutely mad about this. Delightful -- a theatrical confection and amazing pastiche written by Richard Bean based on a famous Commedia Del Arte play. Set in 1963 in London and Brighton, it follows various ne'er-do-wells, some of them posh, some Cockney, some neither, in a complex and variegated plot which seems to re-invent itself around every corner. Some of the wittiest writing and acting I've experienced. And the star, wonderfully Cockney and wonderfully stocky James Corden, is hilarious. Fast-paced and surprising. The production has gotten rave reviews from all quarters.
The great thing about the live theatre is that you get to laugh along with the theatre audience -- which I did: often, long, and hard.
I really hope they put this on DVD -- or have an encore screening of it -- as I want to see it again, to enjoy the entertainment and hear some of those priceless lines again.
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