The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy directed by Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors comes to The Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 2 February 2015 – 7 February as part of a thirty-seven city tour of the UK & Ireland. Gavin Spokes takes the central role of loveable chancer, Francis Henshall. Shaun Williamson (best known for playing Barry from Eastenders) will play Charlie Clench. Emma Barton will play Dolly, Jasmyn Banks is Pauline Clench, Alicia Davies is Rachel Crabbe, Michael Dylan is Alfie, Derek Elroy plays Lloyd Boateng, Edward Hancock is Alan Dangle and Patrick Warner plays Stanley Stubbers. Further casting is to be announced.
Gavin Spokes is currently playing Parsons in the Almeida/Headlong production of 1984 which is just about to transfer to the West End. Gavin’s previous NT work includes Francis in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors and Jamie Lloyd’s production of She Stoops to Conquer. He played Hardy in Laurel and Hardy for the Watermill Theatre.
Nicholas Hytner’s five star production tells the hilarious story of Francis Henshall who, fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. It has been described as a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.
Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally-acclaimed smash-hit, hailed as ‘the funniest show on the planet’ by The Mail and a ‘comic classic’ by The Guardian, will be touring to Sheffield, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Woking, Hull, Glasgow, Plymouth, Bradford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Dartford, Aylesbury, Crawley, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Bath, Northampton, Canterbury, Leicester, Aberdeen, Cornwall, Leeds, Belfast, Dublin, Norwich, Brighton, Salford, Sunderland, Nottingham, Bromley, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Oxford, Wimbledon, York and Wolverhampton.
The acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and has songs by Grant Olding, performed by The Craze. The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.
Josh Widdicombe is at Churchill Theatre Bromley from Mon 2nd – Sat 7th February 2015. Tickets are now on sale, priced at £10 – £29.50. Book online at www.atgtickets.com/bromleyk or call box office on 0844 871 762.