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.
One Man, Two Guvnors at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Image courtesy Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

One Man, Two Guvnors is the latest co-production between Derby Theatre and Queen's Theatre Hornchurch following their highly acclaimed productions of Abigail's Party and Abi in autumn 2018.

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".

You can read Peter's full 5 star review here.

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


Roberto Boyle

Dylan Bull

Megan Clark

Karen Lawley

The Rozzers Skiffle Band:

Dominic Gee-Burch

Oraine Johnson

Jay Osborne

Tomas Wolstenholme


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


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Billet Lane
RM11 1QT


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


Show website
ActDrop full listing for One Man, Two Guvnors
One Man, Two Guvnors - Wikipedia

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