The Servant of Two Masters

by Carlo Goldoni adapted by David Turner & Paul Lapworth

directed by Brian Stansbridge

Performed in the open-air on the Archery lawn at

Hamptworth Lodge, Landford


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.

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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.

The Cast
Pantalone John Souter
Lombardi Alan Watson
Clarice Joanna Russel
Silvio Andrew Burrows
Brighella Jenni Watson
Smeraldina Suze Avery
Truffaldino Matt Avery
Beatrice Rachael Courage
Florindo Rob Praine
Porter Paul Baker
Old Waiter David Collis
Young Waiter Carl Browning
Fat Waiter Adam Taussik
Gondoliers Carlo Rigatoni, Antonio Linguine, Marco Fusilli
Maid Katie Vincent
Boy Katie Vincent
For the Maskers
Director Brian Stansbridge
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
Sound Jamie Mccarthy
Costumes Serena Brown
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
Choreographer Ellen Watson
Fight Arranger Paul Benzing
Singers - Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy
Ruth Kibble
Tony Austin
Voice Coach Fran Morley
Special Effects Bob Gibson, Tony Lawther
Photogaphy Clive Weeks
Publicity Design John Hamon
Marketing and Publicity Angela Stansbridge & the Marketing Team
Front of House Geoff & Pam Cook, Peter Hill and the Maskers
Refreshments Hamptworth Lodge
Front of House Display Anna Carrington
Box Office Manager at Hamptworth Christine Baker

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