Trip to the West End is the spark for Letchworth’s Settlement Players to tackle new take on a timeless Venetian farce

Settlement Players production of A Servant to Two Masters, February 2016. Clarice and Silvio

Settlement Players production of A Servant to Two Masters, February 2016. Clarice and Silvio - Credit: Archant

A trip to a hit West End show helped provide the spark for the latest production by Letchworth’s Settlement Players.

Settlement Players production of A Servant to Two Masters, February 2016. Beatrice and Silvio

Settlement Players production of A Servant to Two Masters, February 2016. Beatrice and Silvio - Credit: Archant

One Man, Two Guvnors has been one of the biggest stage hits of recent years – the reworking of 18th century Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s farce A Servant Of Two Masters helped cement James Corden’s stage reputation and many other big names have also featured in the long-running hit.

The Letchworth show’s director Cliff Francis saw the West End show and was tipped off about a revised script of the original play by the man who wrote Billy Elliott.

“The reworked script by Lee Hall is so good, I just had to do it,” he said.

And he’s confidently promising splitting sides for anyone who comes along to see the show.

“The audience can expect a couple of hours of painful laughter,” he predicts.

“It is a farce, similar in structure to a Shakespeare comedy but in modern English.

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“With its roots in Comedia Dell’arte it has given us room to explore our comedic imaginations, and that we have done.

“My cast and crew have gone with the concept from the start. No matter what my imagination has dreamed up, they have embraced everything thrown at them.

“They have been taken out of their comfort zones and thrown everything they have into making what I believe is going to be a fabulous show.”

The production will be staged from Thursday to Saturday, February 25 to 27, at the Little Theatre in Nevells Road, with curtain up at 7.45pm each evening. Tickets are £8, available from David’s Music in Eastcheap or online at settlement-players.co.uk/box-office.

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