RSC's Servant Closes Early at Albery, 25 AugDate: 14 August 2001
The Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's 18th century farce, A Servant to Two Masters, has announced an early conclusion to its current West End run. The production opened at the Albery Theatre on 24 July 2001 (following previews from 18 July) and had been booking up to 22 September. It will now close on 25 August after just over a month.
The current season at the Albery is the third London stint for this successful production. The same show was last seen in the West End earlier this year at the New Ambassadors Theatre, having previously played at the Young Vic in January 2000. Since the New Ambassadors run, the play has embarked on an extensive UK tour and also visited New York, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Perth and Tel Aviv.
Jason Watkins plays the idle Venetian scrounger Truffaldino who suddenly finds himself with two new serving jobs on the same day. However, his efforts to keep the two masters apart results in much deception, disguise and unrequited love.
The RSC's version was adapted by Lee Hall, from Gwenda Pandolfi's translation. Hall was Academy Award-nominated for his debut film script Billy Elliot. His stage works, which have all played in the West End recently, include Cooking With Elvis, Spoonface Steinberg (adapted from his own radio play), and high-profile adaptations of Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children and Mr Puntila and His Man Matti.
- by Terri Paddock