The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy directed by Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors comes to the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 January 2015.
Gavin Spokes takes on the central role of loveable chancer, Francis Henshall with Norman Pace as Charlie Clench. Emma Barton will play Dolly with Jasmyn Banks as Pauline Clench, Alicia Davies as Rachel Crabbe, Michael Dylan as Alfie, Derek Elroy as Lloyd Boateng, Edward Hancock as Alan Dangle and Patrick Warner as 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.
Norman Pace co-starred in the long-running BBC comedy show Hale and Pace. His recent stage credits include: Charley’s Aunt, Dry Rot, Murder by Misadventure, The Secret Garden, Eurobeat Almost Eurovision and Chicago.
Emma Barton is well known to TV viewers for her role as Honey Mitchell in Eastenders, a role she played for three years. Other Television credits include You, Me and Them and Spooks. Her theatre work includes Doctor in the House (UK tour), Lily in Annie at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Roxie Hart in Chicago (West End and UK tour). She also played Peggy in The Secret Garden for the RSC.
Jasmyn Banks played Alice Branning in Eastenders. Other TV credits include: Little Crackers, Sadie Jones and Life of Riley. Her stage work includes Hecuba for Lazarus Theatre Company and Wind in the Willows for the RSC.
Alicia Davies has appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors on its 2012/13 world tour. Other 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.
Michael Dylan’s recent stage work includes Ulysses for Tron Theatre, Mikey in Mikey and Addie at Macrobert, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Headlong and Comedians at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Derek Elroy played Lloyd Boateng in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors. 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.
Edward Hancock recently played 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. His recent TV credits include Breathless.
Patrick Warner was in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors. His other theatre work includes The Comedy of Errors for The Merely Players, Junket at the Arcola and Posh at the Royal Court 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.