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|RSC Serves Two Masters
- The Royal Shakespeare Company transfers to the West End
A SERVANT TO TWO MASTERS takes up residence in the West End's Albery theatre from July 18. The West End transfer of the Royal Shakespeare Company's latest hit reveals artistic director Adrian Noble's determination to secure alternative London venues to the Barbican.
The show replaces Kevin Elyot's Mouth to Mouth, whose West End transfer failed to live up to the rave reviews the show secured when it premiered at the Royal Court. But a spokesperson said the RSC's adaptation of Carlo Goldini's 18th century farce suited the Albery theatre's unusual performance space perfectly.
Writer Lee 'Billy Elliot' Hall focuses on a crafty Italian servant whose plans to double his earnings by serving two masters go awry as he struggles to keep up with twice the workload. Whether the RSC will crack under the pressure of wooing the West End while maintaining a strong Stratford base remains to be seen.