The Servant of Two Masters

by Carlo Goldini

directed by Peter White

Performed at

the Nuffield Theatre


28th April to 2nd May 1987

Carlo Goldini

Carlo Goldini was born in venice in 1707. He studied Law at Padua but was more interested in the theatre. He wrote for the stage from 1734 and gave up the Law entirely in 1747. He wrote numerous comedies and many comic operas which enjoyed considerable success.

He wrote The Servant of Two Masters in 1743. The play owes a lot to the traditional Commedi dell’Arte characters of Pantalone, Brighella and Harlequin (Truffaldino) and to Goldini’s bourgeois Venetian background. Goldini took the traditional Comedia dell’arte plots and used them for his own ends, creating the first written scripts for this type of comedy. He also did away with the traditional modest heroines and replaced them with more spirited and assertive ladies.

Doctor Lombardi David Bartlett
Brighella Graham Buchanan
Silvio Iain Coleman
Pantalone Ken Spencer
Smeraldia Hazel Burrows
Clarice Catherine Nolan
Truffaldino Brian Stansbridge
Beatrice Rasponi Ros Liddiard
Florindo Aretusi Chris Williams
Porter Gardner Chalmers
Fat Waiter Albert Minns
Young Waiter Tony Lawther
Musicians Joe Humphreys, Chris Nelson
Crowd Hilary Bowen, Janet Cairney, John Carrington, Jan Ward, Meri Lawther, Jean Durman, Graham Hill, Debbie Moorhouse


For the Maskers:
Director Peter White
Lighting Sue Cunningham, Clive Weeks, Alexis Clarkson
Set Design John Hamon
Set Construction and Decoration David Allen, John Riggs, Louise White, Janet Cairney, Gardner Chalmers, Graham Hill, Peter Liddiard, Roger Lockett
Props Ella Lockett, Jan Ward
Special Effects Tony Lawther
Wardrobe Janet Cairney



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Albie Minns, Dave Jupp, ???, Graham Hill, Ken Hann with bald wig, Jean Durman, Jan Ward, Meri Lawther, Gardener Chalmers, Graham Hill
Albie Minns, Dave Jupp, ???, Graham Hill, Ken Hann with bald wig, Jean Durman, Jan Ward, Meri Lawther, Gardener Chalmers, Graham Hill
Hazel, Jean Durman, ?girl at back, Ken Hann, Graham Buchanan sitting in chair, Meri Lawther dancing, Albie Minns
Chris Williams
Chris Williams and Ros Liddiard
Gardner Chalmers, John Carrington Snr, Graham Hill, Jean Durman
Joe Humphreys on accordian, ? , Ken Hann, Jean Durman, Jan Ward, Ken Spencer? in background?, Meri Lawther, John Carrington, Chris Nelson behind with fiddle, Graham Hill
Hazel Burrows, Jan, Gardener, Hilary Bowen?, half of David Bartlett and mystery woman
Graham Buchanan, Catherine Nolan, David Bartlett
Catherine Nolan

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