Owain Arthur will return to the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors following his performance in the smash-hit comedy’s international tour.
Returning to the production on 23 September, Arthur, whose theatre credits include National Theatre hit The History Boys and Birdsong in the West End, first played the role of food-loving Francis Henshall at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March 2012 when he took over from James Corden.
Arthur is joined in the production by actress and television presenter Angela Griffin as Dolly. Best known for her on screen roles in Coronation Street, Holby City and Waterloo Road, Griffin will make her West End stage debut in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production, which has been seen by more than one million people worldwide since it opened at the National Theatre in 2011.
Also joining the cast are Kellie Shirley and Peter Caulfield, who will reprise their roles as Pauline Clench and Alfie having previously played them on tour. Soap star Shirley, who is well-known for her long-running role in EastEnders, has previously appeared on stage in The Miracle at the National Theatre, Best Of The Rest at the Royal Court and Rhoda at the Menier Chocolate Factory, while Caulfield’s theatre credits include Enron at the Royal Court and The Wild Duck at the Donmar Warehouse.
Dominic Thorburn, who was last seen on the London stage in Our Country’s Good at the St James theatre, will also join the production in September, with current cast member Sam Alexander, David Benson, Ian Burfield, Amy Cudden, Derek Elroy and Hugh Sachs continuing their roles.
Set in 1960s Brighton, Richard Bean’s award-winning adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters charts the story of Henshall, who becomes a minder to small-time crook Roscoe Crabbe after being fired from his skiffle band. Thinking of his stomach, he seizes the chance for a second meal ticket by taking another job with Stanley Stubbers. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep them apart, but Roscoe and Stanley have a reason to seek each other out.
Now in its third year, One Man, Two Guvnors is currently booking at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until 1 March 2014.