One Man, Two Guvnors
London theatre news: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Comedy - Regional theatre - Shows
October provides another chance to catch Richard Bean's fabulously funny, One Man, Two Guvnors, at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.
Image courtesy Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Directed by Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre's Artistic Director and Chief Executive, this co-production runs for a few more days (until 28 September) at Derby Theatre and will then transfer to Queen's Theatre Hornchurch from 2 - 19 October.
Based on The Servant of Two Masters (written in in 1746 by Carlo Goldoni) with songs by Grant Olding, One Man, Two Guvnors is a mix of physical comedy, farce and live music which has remained a huge hit with audiences and critics since the National Theatre's production opened to rave reviews in 2011.
ActDrop's Peter Brown reviewed the National's original version describing it as
"... fantastic entertainment and fabulously funny".
After that initial run, the play continued to be a huge success when it later toured the UK, played in the West End and on Broadway and later played Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, plus further UK tours.
This new co-production has already received critical acclaim during its time at Derby Theatre with **** star reviews from the press including The Stage and WhatsOnStage.
Here's the show trailer ...
Playing the central role of Francis Henshall is David O'Reilly, who has received rave reviews for his performance.
What's On Stage said ...
"David O'Reilly is outstanding in the central role, setting the tone for the production with outrageous voices, off-beat asides, perfectly-timed physical comedy and knowing complicity with the audience".
Joining David is a line-up of top-notch actor-musicians:
Craig Armstrong (director of Fat Friends the Musical);
Jack Brett (Peter Pan, Derby Theatre);
David Cardy (BBC's Birds of a Feather);
Alice Frankham (Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal Stratford East);
Duane Hannibal (Of Mice and Men, Birmingham Rep);
Samantha Hull (Half a Sixpence, Noel Coward Theatre);
Ivan Stott (The Jungle Book, Derby Theatre); and
Rosie Strobel (Grimms' Fairytales, Guildford Shakespeare Company).
The show also features a skiffle band, The Rozzers, which includes:
Oraine Johnson (The Jungle Book for Derby Theatre and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for Torch Theatre);
Dominic Gee Burch (UK and International Tour of Footloose);
Jay Osborne (Cilla the Musical and Dreamboats and Petticoats for Bill Kenwright) and
Tomas Wolstenholme (Dick Whittington Rock 'n' Roll Pantomime for Stafford Gatehouse).
Show listing information
After being fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall is skint and hungry.
He manages to secure a new job as a minder for small time gangster Roscoe Crabbe.
What Francis doesn't know, is his new guvnor is really Roscoe's sister Rachel in disguise as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
To further complicate things, Francis nabs a second job working for that very Stanley Stubbers who is hiding from the police.
All Francis has to do to ensure his two guvnors don't meet.
What could go wrong?
Francis - David O'Reilly
Charlie - David Cardy
Pauline - Samantha Hull
Stanley - George Kemp
Rachel - Alice Frankham
Alfie - TJ Holmes
Harry - Ivan Stott
Lloyd - Duane Hannibal
Alan - Jack Brett
Gareth - Craig Armstrong
Dolly - Rosie Strobel
The Rozzers Skiffle Band:
Author: Richard Bean (based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni)
Composer: Grant Olding
Lyricist: Grant Olding
Director: Sarah Brigham
Designer: Neil Irish
Musical direction: Kelvin Towse
Lighting: Tim Skelly
Sound: Adam McCready for Poetical Machines Ltd
Visual effects: Tim Skelly (LX Designer)
Fight director: Ian Stapleton
Production: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch & Derby Theatre
From: Wednesday 2 October 2019
Closed: Saturday 19 October 2019
Previews: £13.50, £17.50, £20.50 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)
Mon - Thu:
£19.50, £24.50, £28 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)
Fri & Sat:
£22.50, £27, £30 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)
Concessions: Mon-Thu: £8 - Under 26s
ActDrop full listing for One Man, Two Guvnors
One Man, Two Guvnors - Wikipedia
About London theatre news from ActDrop
We cover all kinds of news stories about theatre in the London area including items about West End, Fringe, Off West End and other venues, as well as new shows coming to the capital, theatre events like scratch nights, theatre festivals and other interesting theatre news that can't be so easily classified!
We'd love to hear from you if you have a news story we can share with theatre-goers.
If you are a producer, PR agent or a representative of a theatre company, we have a special page just for you.
And thanks for visiting ActDrop!