The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors will help ensure Newcastle Theatre Royal spends little time in the dark this summer.
The celebrated production last came to the venue to delight audiences at the end of 2012, when Rufus Hound led the cast as the hilariously hapless Frances Henshall.
This time around Gavin Spokes takes the lead role, first made famous (and award-winning) by Gavin and Stacey creator and star, James Corden, and is joined by a trio of former Eastenders stars Shaun Williamson, Emma Barton and Jasmyn Banks.
Mixing a heady combination of satire, songs, slapstick and one-liners which have been bathed in gold, the production has been seen by more than one million worldwide.
Nicholas Hytner’s five star show tells the story of the aforementioned Francis 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.
One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre in May 2011 and went on to win both Olivier and Tony Awards following smash hit runs in the West End and on Broadway.
It 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.
:: One Man, Two Guvnors plays Newcastle Theatre Royal from July 28 to August 2. For tickets, call 08448 11 21 21 or visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk