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A Servant of Two Masters archiveUnderpaid. Overstretched. A wily Italian servant gets lucky in this classic commedia. Truffaldino is an out of work servant, and in one fantastic day he ends up with two jobs. And why not? - he's broke and hungry. Two jobs means twice as much money and twice as much food. It also means twice as much work. His two masters, meanwhile, are just as busy. Separated lovers on the run, they end up in the same inn, each unaware that the other is there. Which isn't difficult seeing as one of them is in drag. Confusion abounds in Carlo Goldoni's tale of disguise, deception, love and longing in Venice.

Author Carlo Goldoni.

Archive listings for A Servant of Two Masters

Work type: Play.

T01928972039 (MINACK18)

Company Global Theatre Company. Adapted by Lee Hall.
23 Jul 18 to 27 Jul 18Minack Theatre, Penzance :: V872
listing details L0790564904

T618591008 (FRINGE12)

Based on the same classic play as the very successful National Theatre production, One Man Two Guvnors, A Servant to Two Masters goes back to its 18th Century Venetian roots. Extreme masked caricatures, slapstick, acrobatics, comic timing, ukulele interludes and a little bawdy humour make this an unforgettable tale of mistaken identity and love.Company General Silliness Productions.
3 Aug 12 to 11 Aug 12The Fringe Office, Edinburgh :: V1059
listing details L01501922821

T01386085779 (BLKGRAND10)

Company Grand Youth Theatre Company.
9 Aug 10 to 14 Aug 10The Fringe Office, Edinburgh :: V1059
listing details L0234896797
15 Jul 10Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool :: V518
listing details L0624887321

T880394533 (THLAKE09)

Company Theatre by the Lake's Young Actors Company. Translation Gwenda Pandolfi. Adapted by Lee Hall.
24 Nov 09 to 25 Nov 09The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick :: V7
listing details L094961612

T01839107688 (JENNYWREN08)

Producer Jenny Wren Productions. Director Jenny Wicks.
6 Sep 08Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L01635053178
31 Aug 08Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L278771027

T01495977176 (BACON08)

Producer Jenny Wren Productions.
26 Jul 08Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham :: V89
listing details L0765163741

T1030086083 (WALES07)

Company Wales Theatre Company. Director Michael Bogdanov. Design Sean Crowley. Performer Les Dennis (Truffaldino). Performer Bill Bellamy. Performer Laura Clements. Performer Dion Davies. Performer Kathryn Dimery. Performer Russell Gomer. Performer Richard Munday. Performer Ieuan Rhys. Performer Gareth Richards. Performer Sue Roderick.
18 Oct 07 to 20 Oct 07New Theatre, Cardiff :: V823
listing details L01271111670

T1582567457 (FARNWORTH05)

Company Farnworth Little Theatre.
21 Jan 06 to 28 Jan 06Farnworth Little Theatre, Bolton :: V481
listing details L361333920

T2115625230 (ARC05)

Company Trowbridge Players.
27 Jul 05 to 30 Jul 05Arc Theatre, Trowbridge :: V881281219
listing details L1599181409

T0585599340 (PEOPLES04)

Producer People's Theatre Arts Centre.
22 Feb 05 to 26 Feb 05People's Theatre Arts Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V569
listing details L0513372311

T731971390 (NEWEND04)

Company StoneCrabs. Producer New End. Adapted by Franko Figueiredo. Director Franko Figueiredo. Performer Tereza Araujo. Performer Lisa Benson. Performer Andrea Cullum. Performer Catherine Eccles. Performer Jullian George-Lewis. Performer Simon Lawrence. Performer Stuart Major. Performer Marcio Mello. Performer William Toombs.
14 Dec 04 to 1 Jan 05New End Theatre, Inner London :: V215
listing details L01132021935

T0278242022 (SEVENOAKS04)

Company Sevenoaks Players.
17 Nov 04 to 20 Nov 04Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks :: V688
listing details L168510614

T01417873264 (LEEDS02)

Company Leeds Arts Centre.
16 Oct 02 to 19 Oct 02Civic Theatre, Leeds :: V974
listing details L0145233109

T02057766161 (RSC01)

Producer Royal Shakespeare Company. Producer Young Vic. Adapted by Lee Hall (from a literal translation by [Gwenda Pandolfi]). Director Tim Supple. Performer Jason Watkins.
18 Jul 01 to 25 Aug 01Noel Coward Theatre, West End :: V380
listing details L12220774

T179857134 (STAGE01)

Company Stagelights.
28 Jun 01 to 30 Jun 01General, General :: V1281
listing details L0498549823

T0204177285 (EDGE01)

Company Edgehill College 'A' Level Students (examination performance).
24 May 01Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington :: V903
listing details L1319975074

T0393568036 (RSCTOUR00)

Lee Hall's new adaptation of Goldoni's mould-breaking comedy of men and women, masters and servants imbues The Servant of Two Masters with contamporary wit and wisdom. Young lovers Clarice and Silvio have no sooner got engaged than a servant arrives to announce that Clarice's previous fiance, Federigo Rasponi, believed dead, is at the door to claim his bride. 'Signor Rasponi' is actually the dead man's sister Beatrice, come to Venice in disguise to pursue her lover Florindo. Truffaldino manages to be employed as a servant to both Beatric and Florindo, each ignorant of the other's presence in the city. To cover up the duplication he has to invent another imaginary servant. Mayhem ensues. Barclays Stage Partners with The Arts Council of England.Company Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Company Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (in collaboration with the Young Vic Theatre Company and Criterion Productions PLC). Adapted by Lee Hall. Translation Gwenda Pandolfi. Director Tim Supple. Design Robert Innes Hopkins. Lighting Paul Anderson.
13 Mar 01 to 17 Mar 01Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
listing details L0755211869
4 Dec 00 to 9 Dec 00Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
listing details L1457155041
27 Nov 00 to 2 Dec 00Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
listing details L0728687474
20 Nov 00 to 25 Nov 00Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
listing details L0494377120
13 Nov 00 to 18 Nov 00King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
listing details L278258828
6 Nov 00 to 11 Nov 00New Victoria Theatre, Woking :: V709
listing details L662831638
30 Oct 00 to 4 Nov 00Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
listing details L1822880354
23 Oct 00 to 28 Oct 00Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
listing details L647754117
17 Oct 00 to 21 Oct 00Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
listing details L1541167366
10 Oct 00 to 14 Oct 00Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
listing details L0479846645
27 Sep 00 to 2 Oct 00Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
listing details L477203988

T1957854071 (MANS01)

Company Mansfield Palace Youth Theatre.
23 Feb 01 to 24 Feb 01Palace Theatre, Mansfield :: V453
listing details L1846122766

T10306848 (RSC00)

Lee Hall's new adaptation of Goldoni's mould-breaking comedy of men and women, masters and servants imbues The Servant of Two Masters with contamporary wit and wisdom. Young lovers Clarice and Silvio have no sooner got engaged than a servant arrives to announce that Clarice's previous fiance, Federigo Rasponi, believed dead, is at the door to claim his bride. 'Signor Rasponi' is actually the dead man's sister Beatrice, come to Venice in disguise to pursue her lover Florindo. Truffaldino manages to be employed as a servant to both Beatric and Florindo, each ignorant of the other's presence in the city. To cover up the duplication he has to invent another imaginary servant. Mayhem ensues.Company Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Adapted by Lee Hall. Translation Gwenda Pandolfi. Director Tim Supple. Design Robert Innes Hopkins. Lighting Paul Anderson. Sound Andrea J Cox. Performer Jason Watkins.
12 Dec 00 to 3 Feb 01The Ambassadors Theatre, West End :: V382
listing details L1618654558

T01445780585 (RSC99)

Lee Hall's new adaptation of Goldoni's mould-breaking comedy of men and women, masters and servants imbues The Servant of Two Masters with contamporary wit and wisdom. Young lovers Clarice and Silvio have no sooner got engaged than a servant arrives to announce that Clarice's previous fiance, Federigo Rasponi, believed dead, is at the door to claim his bride. 'Signor Rasponi' is actually the dead man's sister Beatrice, come to Venice in disguise to pursue her lover Florindo. Truffaldino manages to be employed as a servant to both Beatric and Florindo, each ignorant of the other's presence in the city. To cover up the duplication he has to invent another imaginary servant. Mayhem ensues.Company Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Company Young Vic Theatre Company. Adapted by Lee Hall. Director Tim Supple. Translation Lee Hall. Design Robert Innes Hopkins. Lighting Paul Anderson. Sound Andrea J Cox. Performer Nikki Amuka-Bird (Clarice). Performer Ariyon Bakare (Florindo). Performer Geoffrey Beevers (Doctor Lombardi). Performer Paul Bentall (Pantalone). Performer Michelle Butterly (Smeraldina). Performer Claire Cox (Beatrice). Performer Orlando Seale (Silvio). Performer Jason Watkins (Truffaldino).
4 Feb 00 to 11 Mar 00The Young Vic, West End :: V245
listing details L01093211252
8 Dec 99 to 22 Jan 00The Other Place, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V137
listing details L0431417938

T414484524 (PLAY98)

Company Playbox Theatre.
4 Jun 98 to 6 Jun 98Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L105979472

T0158814812 (ULTZ97)

Adapted by Martin Duncan. Company Ultz. Music Martin Duncan. Choreographer Linda Dobell. Design Ultz.
7 May 97 to 24 May 97Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
listing details L858233432
7 Apr 97 to 3 May 97Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
listing details L661236449

T023705928 (WARE96)

Adapted by Ted Craig. Director Michael Pavelka. Company Warehouse Theatre.
6 Dec 96 to 26 Jan 97Warehouse Theatre, Outer London :: V304
listing details L1740564646

Other listings

3 Nov 10Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham :: V0812942011
listing details L491122400
4 Nov 98 to 14 Nov 98Mountview Theatre School, Outer London :: V317
listing details L612040338

User Reviews

The Guardian (11Jan01): Tim Supple treats the play as a serious story out of which the laughter grows organically. Jason Watkins, giving a dazzling performance based on desperation, never lets you forget that hunger is the hero s driving force. Lee Hall s version also reminds us that servants are often sharper and cleverer than their masters. Yet the triumph of Supple s production is that it allows class and feminist points to emerge without disrupting the story s emotional reality.

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