As part of a 37-city tour of the UK and Ireland, The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors will be showing at the Birmingham Hippodrome in May. Featuring a range of stage and screen stars, including Eastenders‘ Shaun Williamson, the cast for this the production’s third UK tour has now been announced.
Having previously starred in the West End show, Gavin Spokes will take on the lead role as Francis Henshall, an easily confused yet loveable character who is fired from his skiffle band and subsequently finds himself working for both local gangster, Roscoe Crabbe, and upper class criminal, Stanley Stubbers. Henshall desperately tries to keep his “two guvnors” apart, little knowing that, “Roscoe Crabbe” is in fact his disguised twin sister, Rachel, the real Roscoe having been murdered by her lover – none other than Stanley Stubbers. Spokes has previously performed in Jamie Lloyd’s production of She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre and as Oliver Hardy in Laurel and Hardy at the Watermill Theatre. He is currently playing Parsons in the Headlong/Almeida production of 1984.
Rachel/Roscoe Crabbe will be played by Alicia Davies, who was part of the production’s 2013 world tour. Her previous theatre work includes The Bachae and Blood Wedding in Northampton, The Comedy of Errors and The Importance of Being Ernest for Oxford Shakespeare Company and La Cage aux Folles for the Menier and West End. Stanley Stubbers, meanwhile, will be played by Patrick Warner. Like Spokes, Warner has featured in One Man, Two Guvnors in the West End, as well as in The Comedy of Errors for The Merely Players, Junket at the Arcola and Posh at the Royal Court Theatre.
Shaun Williamson (Eastenders, Extras, Life’s Too Short, New Tricks) will take on the role of Charlie “the Duck” Clench, an ageing, semi-retired gangster whose daughter Pauline was previously set to marry Roscoe Crabbe. Pauline, now determined to elope with amateur actor Alan Dangle, will be played by Jasmyn Banks (Eastenders, Little Crackers, Sadie Jones, Life of Riley). Alan will be played by Edward Hancock (Breathless), whose recent stage work includes Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Watermill Theatre, Jack in The Adventure for the Pleasance Courtyard and Manchester Royal Exchange and Guy in Posh for The Royal Court and West End.
Derek Elroy will return to the role of Lord Boateng, which he took on in the West End production. His other theatre credits include Kingston 14 at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Barbican Centre, and Vox Pop – The Magnets. Emma Barton (Eastenders, Spooks, You, Me and Them) will play Dolly. Her theatre work includes Doctor in the House (UK tour), Lily in Annie at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Roxie Hart in Chicago (West End and UK tour) and Peggy in the RSC’s The Secret Garden.
One Man, Two Guvnors is directed by Nicholas Hytner and adapted by Richard Bean from Carlo Goldoni’s 1743 play, The Servant of Two Masters (Il servitore di due padroni). It will play at the Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday 26th until Saturday 31st May, with tickets priced at £16.50-£35. To book, call 0844 338 5000 or visit the Birmingham Hippodrome website. For more information on the production, visit the One Man, Two Guvnors official website.