National Theatre Live: “One Man, Two Guvnors”


YTI’s first social event of the autumn was a trip to see the National Theatre Live showing of “One Man, Two Guvnors” at Harrogate Odeon on 15th September. National Theatre Live has been going for a couple of years and is a wonderful way for those of us living far from the bright lights of London to see top class theatre, and “One Man, Two Guvnors” certainly was top class. It is a modern adaptation of “The Servant of Two Masters”, which was written by Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni in 1743 and is in the Commedia dell’Arte tradition. The Harlequin character was played hilariously by James Corden.

Seven members of YTI attended the showing, with various family members and friends doubling the number in the party. We all laughed till our sides ached at the crazy goings-on on stage, as James Corden’s character tried to keep from each of his two masters the fact that he worked for the other as well.

About two-thirds of the party preceded the play with a visit to a café near the cinema called DevilAngel. This newly opened café proved an excellent venue, providing very good food and service, and indeed opening later than usual especially for our group, who were the only customers at that time in the evening. If ever you’re in Harrogate, it’s well worth a visit.