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Guildford Fringe’s production of Jim Cartwright’s Two to stream online

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company’s new professional production of Jim Cartwright’s gritty play Two will stream online.


In person performances were originally due take place at the Back Room of the Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford between Monday 2 – Saturday 7 November 2020.

Following the new theatre shutdown, the show will now play in person Monday 2 – Wednesday 4 November in person before streaming nightly at at 8PM Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 November.

To book tickets for Two, visit https://www.GuildfordFringe.com/events-archive/two-by-jim-cartwright/.

Director and Producer, Nick Wyschna, said: “Just when we thought we were going to be producing a week of live, in-person theatre, we received that news! I can’t lie, I’m gutted. This is probably the best play we’ve produced at Guildford Fringe. It’s certainly the best piece of theatre I have personally directed, I’m beaming with pride for it.

“Anyway, enough of the negative. On the positive side, we get to perform the show live in front of an audience for three days, which is better than nothing. And then we open the show up to the world by streaming it from Thursday until Saturday. My worst nightmare would be for no one to see this incredible show with these two actors who are just sublime and that is not happening, so all is well!”

First performed in 1989 at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, Two follows the simple concept of two actors playing fourteen different characters between them. The action is set entirely in the local pub – in this case, The Back Room of The Star Inn of course!

The Landlord and Landlady’s cheery greetings and friendly banter barely disguise their contempt for each other. Having met outside the pub when they were kids, they now own the place. During the course of the evening, assorted customers pass through and we are given a small snapshot into each of their lives. Two is storytelling at its best.

Laurie Duncan and Claire Marlein will play the Landlord and Landlady, respectively.

Two is directed and produced by Nick Wyschna and Charlotte Bateup for Guildford Fringe Theatre Company. The production comes hot on the heels of Guildford Fringe’s successful short tours of John Godber’s multi-role plays Teechers and Bouncers last year, as well as their recent online adult pantomime, Pinocchio Gets Wood.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.