The Servant of Two Masters

Play

Writers: Carlo Goldoni

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1746
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
venice, 18th century
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly, late teen characters

Synopsis

The play tells the story of a hungry servant who, upon realizing that working for two masters could ensure him a greater supply of food, tries to do the job of two men while working desperately to conceal that fact from both employers.

The play’s most famous scene takes place during a feast, when a starving Truffaldino attempts to serve dinner to both his masters’ companies at the same time, without either group finding out (and desperately trying to have his own dinner as well!). With a zany plot featuring lost love, mistaken identity, ravenous servants, and lots of letter mix-ups, Goldoni’s classic The Servant of Two Masters makes a wonderful addition to any theater season!

Lead Characters