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One Man, Two Guvnors

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About the Show Less...

Richard Bean’s hugely successful comedy of sex, food and money keeps audiences rolling in the aisles at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Read More >

Owain Arthur leads the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy of sex, food and money.

One Man, Two Guvnors follows Francis Henshall (Arthur) who, when he is fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood in Brighton to collect £6000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Henshall spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

One Man, Two Guvnors premiered at the National Theatre, where it was hugely successful, winning a plethora of five-star reviews and being described as “the feelgood hit of the summer” (Daily Telegraph), “a triumph of visual and verbal comedy” (The Guardian) and “sheer joyous pandemonium” (The Sunday Telegraph).

One Man, Two Guvnors is directed by Nicholas Hynter, the Director of the National Theatre, whose credits include Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys and The Habit Of Art.



Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 02/03/2012

Closing Night: 01/03/2014

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Sam Alexander, Owain Arthur, Mensah Bediako, David Benson, Ian Burfield, Peter Caulfield, Sophie Cosson, Amy Cudden, Derek Elroy, Angela Griffin, Stephen Leask, Nadim Naaman, Hugh Sachs, Gemma Salter, Kellie Shirley, Dominic Thorburn, Patrick Warner


Director - Nicholas Hytner

Designer - Mark Thompson

Choreographer - Adam Penford

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Sound - Paul Arditti

Author - Richard Bean, based on Carlo Goldoni's The Servant Of Two Masters

Music By - Grant Olding

About Haymarket, Theatre Royal

18 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HT

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