THE curtain goes up on a Stenton Footlights production next month.

One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean will be performed from March 21 to 24 at Stenton Village Hall.

Rufus Bellamy is the director of the play, which premiered in London seven years ago.

He said: “It is quite well-known. Whenever I talk to people they have heard of the show, which is always a bonus. They always say it is really funny, so we have got a high bar set.”

Stenton Footlights, formed by Jenny Harper, has become a regular attraction in the village, with a different play performed each year.

Last year, the group of budding thespians took their show on the road for the first time in their history, which stretches back to 1984.

The Derners was performed at Plockton and Applecross in the Highlands last summer.

Rehearsals are under way for this year’s performances, with tickets to be released closer to the time.

The play is an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters, an Italian-style comedy play by the playwright Carlo Goldoni.

Set in 1960s Brighton, the out-of-work Francis Henshall becomes employed by Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper-class man. Francis tries to keep the two men from meeting, which leads to plenty of laughs along the way.

This year will see the cast joined by a small band for the first time.

Rehearsals are taking place twice a week, with the cast not just from Stenton but also Dunbar, Spott and other surrounding villages.