Hamptworth Lodge, Landfordon
Wednesday 14th to Saturday 24th July 2010
The show was well received and ran to full houses throughout the week.
This was the Maskers Theatre Company's third year at the beautiful location of Hamptworth Lodge and The archery lawn with its terraces is the perfect place in which to perform. We are grateful to to the Hamptworth Estate and the Anderson family for allowing us to perform here and for all their help in putting this years play together.
The Maskers Theatre Company is now in its 42nd year and aims to continue to bring forward award winning quality theatre to its audiences at the Nuffield Theatre, the Maskers Studio in Sirley, Southampton and at Hamptworth Lodge for many years to come.
The Salisbury Journal and the Southern Evening Echo wrote:
A cunning servant lands himself two jobs. However, pleasing two masters is complex for the mischievous Truffaldino – the first master is a lady disguised as her brother, searching Venice for her long-lost lover, who just happens to be the second master. Juggling his duties and trying not to get rumbled, Truffaldino is caught in a hilarious whirlwind of mishaps, chaos and confusion.
Matt Avery (Truffaldino) and Joanna Russel (Clarice) deserve special mention, but it is almost impossible to single out individual performances from such a magnificent ensemble production.
Brian Stansbridge’s expert direction elicited every ounce of comedy value; a modernised script, wonderful visual comic slapstick, great timing, excellent larger-than-life characters, stunning 1920s costumes, splendid special and sound effects, musical interludes and first-class diction combined to ensure the audience enjoyed a wonderful evening of comedy. - Anne Waggott
The Servant of Two Masters
The Servant of Two Masters is one of the great classic commedia dell’arte plays and Carlo Goldoni’s most famous piece. It is a rip-roaring comedy about the complications wrought by a servant – Truffaldino – when he gets himself jobs with two different people at the same time. Not all the complications are of his making; one of his ‘masters’ is, in fact, a woman in disguise, and the other is her lover, but Truffaldino doesn’t know this.
There are mistaken identities, cross-dressing, slapstick comedy, romance, jealousy, a duel and a hilarious supper when Truffaldino becomes a manic waiter trying to serve both masters a huge and very messy banquet.
|Old Waiter||David Collis|
|Young Waiter||Carl Browning|
|Fat Waiter||Adam Taussik|
|Gondoliers||Carlo Rigatoni, Antonio Linguine, Marco Fusilli|
|For the Maskers|
|Production Manager||Angela Stansbridge|
|Set Designer||John Hamon|
|Technical Manager||Tony Lawther|
|Stage Manager||Angie Barks|
|Stage Crew||David Fancett, David Illsley, Brian Langford, Clive Weeks, Nathan Weeks, Tony Lawther, Colin Paice|
|Lighting Design||Tony Lawther|
|Costume Assistants||Sue Wilson, Hannah Roche|
|Set Construction and Painting||Roger Lockett, Graham Buchanan, John Hamon, Ken Spencer|
|Set Dressing||Angela Stansbridge|
|Properties||Ella Lockett, Gill Buchanan, Liz Hill|
|The Chefs, (creators of the meal)||Brian Stansbridge, Bob Gibson, Tony Lawther|
|Fight Arranger||Paul Benzing|
|Singers - Stan Laurel
|Voice Coach||Fran Morley|
|Special Effects||Bob Gibson, Tony Lawther|
|Publicity Design||John Hamon|
|Marketing and Publicity||Angela Stansbridge & the Marketing Team|
|Front of House||Geoff & Pam Cook, Peter Hill and the Maskers|
|Front of House Display||Anna Carrington|
|Box Office Manager at Hamptworth||Christine Baker|