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Preview: One Man, Two Guvnors at Newcastle Theatre Royal

National Theatre’s award-winning comedy

One Man, Two Guvnors returns to

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Jasmyn Banks, Edward Hancock,  Gavin Spokes, Derek Elroy, Shaun Williamson Photo: Johan  Persson

 The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal this summer with cast to include Gavin Spokes, Shaun Williamson, Jasmyn Banks and Emma Barton. Don’t miss this hilarious mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners, Mon 28 Jul – Sat 2 Aug!

Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally-acclaimed smash-hit is hailed as ‘the funniest show on the planet’ by The Mail and a ‘comic classic’ by The Guardian.

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. This is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.
Gavin Spokes (Francis Henshall)
Photo: Johan  Persson
 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.

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.

Shaun Williamson, who is probably best known for his role in EastEnders, has also made TV appearances in Extras and Life’s Too Short for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, New Tricks, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, and Bremner, Bird and Fortune.  His stage work includes The Ladykillers for Fiery Angel.
Emma Barton (Dolly) Photo: Johan Persson
Emma Barton is well known to TV viewers for her role as Honey Mitchell in EastEnders, a role she played for three years and has recently made a return to.  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 includesHecuba for Lazarus Theatre Company and Wind in the Willows for the RSC.

Derek Elroy and Patrick Warner both appeared in the West Endproduction of One Man, Two Guvnors and Alicia Davies has appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors on its 2012/13 world tour.

One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre in May 2011.  In November that year, after its first UK tour, the show transferred to the Adelphi Theatre where it completed a sell-out run. The show then transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket where it continued to play until its final West End performance on 1 March 2014.  The Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors completed a successful run at the Music Box Theater in 2012.  A second UK tour ran from September 2012 to February 2013, visiting Newcastle Theatre Royal in November. The International tour recently completed its run at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, having played across Australia as well as Hong Kong and New Zealand.

This 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.

One Man, Two Guvnors appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 28 July – Saturday 2 August. 
Tickets are available from £12 (a booking fee of 95p - £1.95 will apply to most tickets) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at

The Tour:
Bristol Hippodrome            9 June – 14 June 2014       
New Victoria Theatre, Woking   16 June – 21 June 2014    
Hull New Theatre   23 June – 28 June 2014   
Glasgow King’s Theatre 30 June – 5 July 2014          
Plymouth Theatre Royal 14 July – 19 July 2014          
Bradford Alhambra           21 July – 26 July 2014         
Newcastle Theatre Royal            28 July – 2 August 2014     
Dartford Orchard Theatre          4 August – 9 August 2014            
The Waterside, Aylesbury            11 August – 16 August 2014        
Crawley Hawth      18 August – 23 August 2014        
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent           25 August – 30 August 2014
Liverpool Empire     1 September – 6 September 2014         
Theatre Royal, Bath          8 September – 20 September 2014       
Royal & Derngate, Northampton         22 September – 27 September 2014     
The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury      29 September – 2 October 2014
Leicester Curve      6 October – 11 October 2014
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen          13 October – 18 October 2014
Hall For Cornwall    20 October – 25 October 2014
Leeds, Grand Theatre      4 November – 8 November 2014
Grand Theatre, Belfast    10 November -17 November 2014      
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin         17 November – 22 November 2014     
Norwich, Theatre Royal   24 November – 29 November 2014     
Swan Theatre, High Wycombe 1 December – 6 December 2014         
Brighton, Theatre Royal   16 December 20143 January 2015  
Salford, Lowry          12 January – 17 January 2014   
Sunderland Empire, Sunderland           19 January – 24 January 2015
Theatre Royal, Nottingham       26 January – 31 January 2015   
The Churchill Theatre, Bromley 2 February – 7 February 2015     
New Theatre, Cardiff        9 February – 14 February 2015
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh       16 February – 21 February 2015
New Theatre, Oxford        23 February– 28 February 2015
New Wimbledon Theatre            2 March – 7 March 2015
Grand Opera House, York          9 March – 14 March
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre          16 March – 21 March 2015
More venues to be announced soon.

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