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Show Opened

2nd Mar 2012

Running Time

2 hours 30 minutes

Age Restrictions

Suitable for ages 14+

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What's it all about?

If this laugh-a-minute, sixties-set comedy smash has somehow passed you by, now’s the time to catch it, as it enters its final six months in the West End with the brilliant Owain Arthur returning to the starring role of Francis Henshall.

Get ready for a great night out, full of brilliant banter, sensational slapstick and full-on farce. And with an on-stage skiffle band rocking the room between acts, this truly is world-class entertainment.

What's the story?

It’s the swinging 60s and food-obsessed Francis finds himself without a meal ticket. So when not one but two employers happen along, he spots a way to double his wages (and his portions).

What he doesn’t bargain on is that two guvnors means double the workload, especially when one is the sister of an East End gangster in disguise. 

Will Francis remember which master asked him to do what and keep them separate for long enough to earn the cash to take a certain feisty lady to Majorca? You’ll certainly find it fall-off-your-chair funny watching him try. 

Who's in it?

After knocking 'em dead in the UK tour of the show since February, Owain Arthur returns to the role of Francis Henshall in the West End production from September 2013.

Owain understudied James Corden in the show's original cast, but took over as Francis full time when Corden left for Broadway. He's since made the part his own, ultimately winning as much acclaim for his hilarious performance as his predecessor. 

Owain's previous theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet for the RSC, The Comedy of Errors for the Royal Exchange Theatre and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre. 

He's joined by Angela Griffin as Dolly, with Kellie Shirley and Peter Caulfield reprising their touring roles of Pauline Clench and Alfie.

Dominic Thorburn plays Alan Dangle, with long-term cast members Sam Alexander as Stanley Stubbers, David Benson as Gareth, Ian Burfield as Charlie Clench, Amy Cudden as Rachel Crabbe, Derek Elroy as Lloyd Boateng and Hugh Sachs as Harry Dangle continuing in their roles.

Who is One Man, Two Guvnors suitable for?

One Man, Two Guvnors is a real crowd-pleaser. Everyone, from your Granny to your girlfriend, will leave with their larynxes loosened and ribs well and truly tickled. And you only have to look at Twitter to see that it’s a celeb favourite too, so if you’re really lucky you might find yourself giggling next to Gwyneth or cackling alongside Kylie.

Regular theatregoers will also love it, as acclaimed writer Richard Bean (The Heretic) cunningly references everything from Carry On to Commedia dell’arte. Just one word of warning: it’s the sort of show where you might get swept up in the action – literally! So forget your cares for one evening and come and enjoy this gem of a show.

Why book with us?

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One Man, Two Guvnors reviews - staff

The energy and enthusiasm of the cast is incredibly high, and the physical comedy and audience interaction are handled skilfully. English speakers looking for an easy fun night out will find it here, with an accessible mix of music and broad comedy which will comes across even to those who are not regular theatre goers. No need for deep thought here - sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

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One Man, Two Guvnors is a very funny and well put together play. I enjoyed how it made you feel so involved in the action and the audience participation that took place was very amusing. The lead role was hilarious, very comical and good at dealing with the members of the audience!

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The acting I thought was superb. All of the characters caught my attention and kept it. I also loved the slapstick humour, which was laugh a minute. The only person who wouldn’t laugh at this show would be Victor Meldrew.

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One Man, Two Guvnors reviews - critics

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"The funniest show in the western world" -
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"Forget your cares at the funniest show in town" -
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"Sheer, joyous pandemonium. The moments of slapstick are so perfect, they're choreographically beautiful as well as funny" -

One Man, Two Guvnors reviews - most recent customers

Light-hearted fun...easy to follow storyline, but the best part is the improv done with the audience members by the lead character. The "volunteers" think they are just helping out quickly on stage, but the lead is hysterical working with these "volunteers" from the audience. Great for a fun night at the theatre with lots of laughs. Loved it!

Brilliant show - such clever timing and dialogue, and so funny we were aching afterwards - the laughter was very therapeutic!

comedy genius! you won't leave the theatre feeling more entertained than this. Brilliantly acted and a very clever storyline. Will definitely see again!

Enjoyed the show immensely. Rufus Hounds rapport with the audience and off the cuff remarks were very funny.

I thought the show was really funny so really enjoyed the evening. Sarah

Fantastic! I laughed more than I have done in years. The cheap seats were quite compact but still a great view!

Is anything more spine-tingling than hearing the audience murmur drop to a hush and seeing the house lights go down? Can anything beat the thrill of watching the actors emerge from the wings, ready to give the performance of a lifetime?

At TheatrePeople.com we love these moments more than anything, and we want you to enjoy your live theatre experience just as much.

To get you in the mood for your visit to One Man, Two Guvnors, we’ve prepared this gorgeous gallery of images from the show for your perusal and pleasure. It’s a pre-show peek at the West End cast and key elements of the production that’s sure to up your anticipation for the real thing.

These images are from the current production of One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. One Man, Two Guvnors is a turbo-charged, modernised English adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian play, Servant of Two Masters.

It’s the story of Francis Henshall, who becomes separately employed by criminals Roscoe Crabbe and Stanley Stubbers in 1960s Brighton. In order to prevent the discovery of his dual employment Henshall must keep his two guvnors apart.

The play was adapted by Richard Bean and directed by Nicholas Hytner. One Man, Two Guvnors originally premiered in at the National Theatre in June 2011. It’s won a number of awards, including a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play that went to James Corden.

Whether you’ve already booked your seats for One Man, Two Guvnors through us or you’re still making up your mind, we hope this gallery gives you a feeling for the essence of the show. We know where we’d like to be next time the curtain goes up at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Perhaps we’ll see you there.

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Did You Know?

It can’t be easy stepping into a role that has earned heaps of praise, awards and a Broadway transfer for James Corden, but Rufus Hound is determined to make the part his own.

"In most people’s imaginations it’s still the James Corden role and I’m sure some people think if James Corden’s not doing it what’s the point seeing it," he said in a recent interview.

"But people have been really appreciative of what I’ve been doing. I was told early on that with James it was more a one-man show, people were going to see him, but for future iterations of the play they wanted it to be more about the story. It’s been a different job for me."

The appreciation for Rufus' work has extended to glowing reviews, but modestly he puts them down to sheer hard work.

"When you work very hard you can be proud – it tends to be when you throw something together in five minutes you generally can’t be very proud of it. When you appear on telly – especially as I have on those panel shows – its about turning up and making the best of it. You can be happy with how it’s gone but its difficult to feel pride because pride is linked to actual graft."

Did you know that One Man, Two Guvnors is based on an 18th-century Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters, by Carlo Goldoni? Writer Richard Bean has really made it his own, though, not only by updating it to 1960s Brighton, but also by inventing the hilariously doddery Alfie (think Manuel from Fawlty Towers but less competent) and a running gag about Aussies loving opera.

Finally, if you find your toes tapping during the show, you’ll be happy to learn that the music, written by up-and-coming composer Grant Olding, is available in the foyer afterwards. 

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Richard Bean’s uproarious comedy One Man, Two Guvnors made West End history last night when it became the longest-running show ever to play at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in the venue’s near-200 year existence.

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One Man, Two Guvnors, the smash-hit comedy that elevated James Corden to the big league, has announced its impending closure. The final curtain will go down on the show at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket on 1 March 2014. But fans needn't despair just yet - it's taking off on a tour of the UK and Ireland next May. 

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Owain Arthur will return to the role of Francis Henshall in One Man Two Guvnors at the West End’s Theatre Royal, Haymarket from 23 September. 

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Rufus Hound, currently headlining in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors, has been announced as the star of Tim Firth’s comedy Neville’s Island at Chichester’s Theatre in the Park. Previews are from 11 September and official performances start 20 September. 

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It’s been announced that comedian Phil Cornwell and Rhona Croker will join the current West End cast of the National Theatre’s award-winning show One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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One Man, Two Guvnors’ James Corden crowned a year of achievement last night when he collected the award for Best Actor in a Play at the 2012 Tony Awards ceremony in New York. The coveted accolade came just days after Corden received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

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One Man Two Guvnors bagged an armful of gongs at New York’s Drama Desk Awards ceremony on June 3, with man-of-the-moment James Corden picking up the award for Outstanding Actor in a Play. While Britain was in the grip of patriotic fervour over the Jubilee weekend, Corden and his chums across the water were equally jubilant when the winners were announced at the Big Apple’s Town Hall theatre on Sunday night.

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Smash-hit West End transfer One Man, Two Guvnors has won three Outer Critics Circle Awards for its Broadway run. The Sixties-set comedy, with original London lead James Corden starring as Francis Henshall, tied with musical Once to pick up the most awards of any Broadway production this season.

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