By Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carl Goldoni
with songs by Grant Olding
Set in the colourful underworld of Brighton in the swinging sixties. Richard Bean’s riotous farce mixes all the elements of classic comedy into a fizzing cocktail of fun. Mistaken identity, cross-dressing, physical knockabout, slapstick, mad gags and outrageous puns are shaken and stirred as Francis Henshall, cast out of his skiffle band, finds the best route to satisfy his considerable appetites for food, sex and money, to become One Man serving Two Guvnors.
This joyous updating of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy from the 18th century, The Servant of Two Masters, has quickly established itself as one of the great British comedies of the 21st Century.
Throughout his career, John has worked extensively in theatre and television. He is delighted to be joining the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors.
Theatre Credits include: Queens of the Coal Age (Manchester Royal Exchange / New Vic); Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); Robin Hood: Arrow of Destiny (York Theatre Royal); The Father; Meat Pie; Sausage Roll; Brassed Off; Starcross’d; The Road To Nab End; Me Mam Sez and An Evening With Gary Lineker (Oldham Coliseum); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse/No. 1 Tour); Dancing Through The Shadows (Hull Truck); Beryl and Twelfth Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Robin Hood – Arrow of Destiny (York Theatre Royal); The Seagull (Nuffield/Headlong Theatre); Carmen; The Yalta Game and Elegy for a Lady (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Dolly and A Right Old Song and Dance (New Perspectives); Kes; The Pros and Cons of a Screw (Derby Theatre); The Glee Club (Manchester Library Theatre); Great Expectations and Carmen (New Vic Theatre Stoke); People At Sea (Salisbury Playhouse); King Cotton (Lowry Theatre and Liverpool Empire); Return to the Forbidden Planet (UK Tour); April In Paris (Keswick Theatre By The Lake); Holes; The Cherry Orchard; The Importance of Being Earnest; Lady Bracknell’s Confinement; Of Mice & Men; Garage Band; Forever Young (Nottingham Playhouse). In addition, John has played Dame in the celebrated Nottingham Playhouse pantomime for the past twenty years.
Film and TV credits include: The Village (BBC); The Mill (Channel 4); The Syndicate (BBC); Oakfield; Our Zoo (BBC); Sunshine (BBC); New Street Law (BBC); Cold Blood (ITV); Shameless (Channel 4); Emmerdale (ITV); Family Affairs (Channel 5); Coronation Street (ITV); Hollyoaks (Channel 4); The Illustrated Mum (BBC); The Royal (ITV); Playing The Field (BBC); Fat Friends (ITV); Cold Feet (ITV); Heartbeat (ITV); New Street Law (BBC); Hollyoaks (Channel 4); Sparkhouse (BBC); The Cops (BBC); City Central (BBC).
Elizabeth trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include: Jack and The Beanstalk (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Oliver! With A Twist
(Leicester Square Theatre & Cowbarn Theatre, Edinburgh); Pretty, Witty Nell (Etcetera Theatre); Red Riding Hood (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Fatbusters The Musical Workshop (Finsbury Park Theatre, London); Sinbad (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Made In Dagenham (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch & New Wolsey, Ipswich); The Girl In The Ashes (Queen's Theatre, Belfast); Missing Mel (Pleasance, Edinburgh) and Goblin Market (Pleasance, Edinburgh).
Elizabeth’s productions in training include: Jane Eyre; Touched; Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris; A Slice Of Saturday Night; Twelfth Night; The Beggar's Opera And Brezhnev's Children.
Matt began his career as a performer and director in 1982 at The Bubble Theatre Company. His theatre credits include an Olivier Award Nomination for creating the role of Cookie in the cult musical Return To The Forbidden Planet, and starring in and directing Bob Carlton’s West End transfer of From A Jack To A King.
Matt spent 18 years as an actor and associate director at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, during which time he directed over 70 productions and played numerous roles. Theatre credits include: The Merchant Of Venice (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); As You Like it (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Return To The Forbidden Planet and EAST (The Theatre Royal, Brighton). He also created the role of Lionel Bart in Chris Bond’s musical biography of the great man, It’s A Fine Life and has played the role of Harry Dangle before in Chris Jordan’s production of One Man Two Guvnors in Eastbourne. Matt also starred in and directed Aladdin in Fareham.
On screen he was a mainstay of BBC Children’s programming in the late 80’s / early 90, including Jackanory, Playaway and Melvyn & Maureen’s Music A Grams. Other Television credits include: Red Dwarf (BBC); Noah’s Ark (ITV); The Charmer (ITV); Down To Earth (BBC) and Campus (Channel 4). Film credits: Funny Man, Waking Ned Devine And The Honourable Rebel.
Theatre credits include: Twelfth Night (Bridge House Theatre); 35MM (The Other Palace); Twentieth Century Boy (John Maher UK Tour); Another Night Before Christmas (Bridge House Theatre); The Busker's Opera (Wakeham Park Theatre); Sunny Afternoon (Winner of Olivier award for Best Supporting Actor), (Hampstead Theatre/ Harold Pinter Theatre); LIFT (Soho Theatre); 20th Century Boy (Coventry Belgrade); Hair (Piccadilly Theatre); Bank (Kings Head Theatre); Thrill Me: Leopold And Loeb Story (Charing Cross Theatre/Climar Productions); 20th Century Boy (New Wolsey); Bright Lights Big City (This Stage Ltd); Quadrophenia (Theatrical Productions Ltd); Fame (Shaftesbury Theatre); Rent (European Tour); Tonight’s The Night (Phil Mckintyre); Quadrophenia (Nuffield Theatre Southampton); The Gate Escape (National Tour); Oliver (Sam Mendes, London Palladium); Sixteen (National Tour).
George’s film and television credits include Eastenders (BBC); Prime Suspect (ITV); Borgia (Film United); The Freaky Farleys (Nickelodeon); Killer Net (La Plante Productions); Spiderhole (Spiderhole Productions); Boogeyman 3 (UFO/Mandate/Ghosthouse); Terror and Utopia (BBC); Mysti (BBC); Crossroads (ITV); Rewind (BBC); Strange (BBC).
Radio credits include: The Story of Is and A Town Like Alice for BBC.
Tori is an actor, writer and singer-songwriter selected as one of the BBC'S New Talent Hotlist of 2017. She is currently working on her second EP for release early next year and most recently appeared as Billie Fitzgerald in London Calls on BBC1. Theatre includes: H.R.Haitch (The Union); Muted (Interval Productions); herself in The Hardest One (Criterion, The Other Palace); Yarico (London Theatre Workshop); Mimi in Rent (Interval Productions); Hair: Help for Heroes (Piccadilly Theatre); After the Turn (My Protege with Interval Productions); Hair the Musical (European Tour and Arena Tour); Zip: A Street Dance Musical (Giant Olive); Boxed (Made in LDN); and Wretch (VAULT Festival). Television includes: Billie in London Kills (Acorn TV and PGMTV); Sandra in Unforgotten (ITV); Libby in Pure (Drama Republic); and Sarah in Clean Break (Sister Pictures). Tori has appeared as a featured and backing vocalist for numerous artists including Eliza and the Bear and Lance Horne and was featured on Idris Elba’s Mi Mandela album. Her work as a writer for theatre includes The Hardest One (The Other Palace) and musicals Streets (The Cockpit, Hackney Empire and The Vaults) and Another Way (The Cockpit) among many others. She is thrilled to be a part of this production alongside such a brilliant cast and creative team and would like to thank her Mum- Vivien, and better half Matt for the unwavering love and support.
Marcus graduated from the London Centre for Theatre Studies in 2002 and made his professional debut in Anyone Can Whistle at the Bridewell Theatre in 2003. After a sabbatical, he returned to acting in 2009 being cast as Macduff in Struts and Frets Macbeth at the Atrix Bromsgrove. His recent work in theatre includes: War Horse (National Theatre); The Convert (Gate Theatre);The Suicide (The National Theatre); Backseat Drivers (The London Theatre); Keeler (The Charing Cross Theatre); Macbeth (The Last Refuge Theatre); The Chicago Cowboy (Rosemary Branch Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (The National Theatre); Twelfth Night (The Nursery Theatre); Keeping Mum, 1867 and A Christmas Carol at The Brockley Jack Theatre and The Children of Salt which debuted at the Alma Theatre Bristol.
Lloyd’s TV credits include: Scott and Bailey (ITV), Father Figure (BBC) and Doctors (BBC).
Philip graduated with a BA Hons from Arts Educational Schools London in 2015 and was nominated for the Spotlight Prize in his final year. He also worked with acclaimed director Sir Trevor Nunn in his final year play, appearing as Launce in Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Since graduating Philip has done a wide range of screen work including Nyela’s Dream (TV).
Philips first love is the theatre and is extremely excited to be playing such a great role in his first professional stage job.
Josie trained at Rose Bruford College. Her theatre credits include: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Old Vic); Alice in Wonderland (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Our Blue Heaven (New Wolsey); As You Like It, After The Dance (Theatre by the Lake); Backbeat (West End, U.S. & Canada); Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm; Summer of Shakespeare (Creation Theatre); Desert Rats (Arts Theatre West End); Alice in Wonderland (The Watermill); Dark Tourism (Park Theatre); James and the Giant Peach (Colchester Mercury); Here Be Monsters (UK Tour); After Orlando (Theatre Royal Stratford East/The Vaults); The Story Giant (Shanty Theatre Company); Occupied (Theatre 503); Faust (Greenwich Theatre). Television credits: Doctors (BBC); Playhouse Presents: Hey Diddly Dee (Sky Arts). Josie is a founding director of Chaskis Theatre, a transcultural theatre company who collaborate with playwrights from across the globe, uniting international artists and encouraging empathy across borders.
Luke trained at the Oxford School of Drama. Recent theatre includes: Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four (Blackeyed Theatre/UK and International Tour); The Unexpected Guest and Spider's Web (Mill at Sonning, directed by Brian Blessed); Misterman and L'Etranger (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet; Twelfth Night; Henry V and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Merely Theatre UK Tour); After Three Sisters (Brockley Jack); Reunion (Edinburgh Fringe 2015); Echoes (Edinburgh Fringe 2016) all for Living Record Productions. Alan Turing in That Is All You Need To Know (UK Tour and New Diorama); Alfie in Spent. (Soho Theatre). Luke is excited to be working at the New Wolsey and Nuffield Theatres for the first time.
Richard trained at Oxford School of Drama and Ecole Philippe Gaulier. His theatre credits include: Don Quixote (RSC/Garrick); Iolanthe (ENO); Dr Faustus, The Alchemist (RSC/Barbican); Twelfth Night (Craiova Int.Festival/Neuss Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Squerryes Court). Television and film credits include: Doctors (BBC); Harlots (ITV Encore);Teen Spirit and Dumbo.
Libby trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art. She designed extensively in the UK and abroad, venues include the West End, Birmingham Rep, The Crucible, The Wolsey, Nottingham Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Royal Court, Northcott Exeter, Bristol Old Vic, Bolton Octagon, Salisbury Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Riverside Studios, Hampstead Theatre, Tricycle, Stratford East, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, Belgrade Coventry, Bush Theatre and Manahattan Theatre Club New York. Libby designed The Mountaintop at Trafalgar Studios West End which was the winner of 2011 Olivier Award for Best Play.
Recent design credits include: Toast by Nigel Slater at the Lowry and |the Traverse, The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios West End, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, New Wolsey Theatre, Daisy Pulls it Off, Park Theatre, Peter Pan, Misi Producciones Bogota Columbia, Fences, West End and Theatre Royal Bath, Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls, Wolsey Theatre, Les Femmes Savantes, The Miser, Belgrade Theatre, Rudy’s Rare Records, Birmingham Rep and Hackney Empire, Propoganda Swing Belgrade and Nottingham Playhouse, Frankie and Johnny, Chichester Festival Theatre History Boys UK tour, Play Mas Orange Tree. Feed the Beast and Hysteria Birmingham Rep. Uk Tour of Mustapha Matura’s Three Sisters. For the Tricycle Theatre Gem of the Ocean, Blues for Mr Charlie, Radio Golf and The War Next Door. Blonde Bombshells of 1943 Hampstead Theatre and UK tour. Blest Be The Tie and What’s in the Cat, Royal Court
Future Projects include: Beauty and the Beast, Keswick, Dr Faustus, Sam Wanamker Theatre and Privacy Kilden Theatre, Norway.
Credits include: Kiss me Quickstep, Once, Rope. (New Wolsey Theatre);The Wisdom Club, (Theatre Royal BSE); Jack and the Beanstalk (Derby Arena); Soldier On (The Other Palace); Ken (Terry Johnson, Pleasance); Revenants (Pleasance, Kenwright); Measure for Measure, Alice In Wonderland, Loves Labours Lost (GSC); Dell Computers Gala (Buenos Aires); Kiss Me Quickstep, Haunting Julia, Roll Over Beethoven, Don’t Look Now (OFFIE nominated for Best Lighting Design), Return to the Forbidden Planet, Godspell, The Merchant Of Venice, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, They’re Playing Our Song, Jack And The Beanstalk, Cinderella, Ladies Down Under, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Queen’s Theatre); Cathy (Soho Theatre); East (Brighton Theatre Royal and Festival); Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin (Evolution); Meena and the Masala Queens (Rifco tour); Northanger Abbey (Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal Tour); Clybourne Park (Regional premiere tour); Return to the Forbidden Planet (25th Anniversary Tour); Cathy (Cardboard Citizens tour); Betty Blue Eyes (Regional premiere tour); Michael Morpurgo's Butterfly Lion (Kenwright, National Tour); Snow White, Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows, James and the Giant Peach, Noises Off, Friend or Foe, The History Boys, The Hired Man (Mercury Theatre); House and Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Arabian Nights, Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows (Watermill); The Deranged Marriage, MummyJi Presents, Break The Floorboards and Happy Birthday Sunita (Rifco and Watford Palace); Walking the Chains (Bristol Temple Meads Passenger Shed); The Full Monty, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Oliver!,(Bermuda City Hall); working with Willy Russell on Educating Rita, Breezeblock Park(Liverpool Playhouse); Shirley Valentine (Royal Court Liverpool); Farm Boy, The Hired Man, Kissing Sid James (New York E59).
Ben has musically directed countless rock ‘n’ roll shows in the UK and around the world. For the last 15 years, Ben has been working as MD for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, on productions including Mods and Rox, Little Shop of Horrors, Made In Dagenham, Oxy and The Morons and 14 rock ‘n’ roll pantos including Red Riding Hood.
Composer credits: Midsummer Songs (NWT); a musical version of The Two Gentleman of Verona (Seoul); an original score for Macbeth (Barbados) and endless music for corporations worldwide. He has previously musically supervised the shows Jackie – the Musical and That’s Alright Mama (number one tours) and arranged music for the national tour of Tom: a Story of Tom Jones. He is also the musical director at EastEnders for the BBC.
Acting credits: Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (the US national tour of the Broadway production, a part which he created for the West End production); Sunset Boulevard, Martin Guerre, Jesus Christ Superstar, Beautiful Game, The Mousetrap, Two Cities, Murderous Instincts, Old Big ‘Ead in the Spirit of The Man, The Good Intent and The Glass Menagerie (both at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Over my Shoulder, Romeo and Juliet, Oh What a Lovely War, As You Like It, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Good Companions, Cinderella and Kiss The Sky.
Television and Film credits: Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Lt Walton in The Somme: From Defeat to Victory (BBC); Crispin Yates in Trial & Retribution (BBC); Neville in London Bridge (Carlton Television); Guy in Bugs (BBC) and Demon in Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black.
Ian trained as a clown at École Philippe Gaulier, and as a director at the National Theatre Studio, and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He was Laboratory Associate Director at Nuffield Southampton Theatres in 2017/18. He was Physical Comedy Consultant on Comedy of Errors for Grosvenor Open Air Theatre. His comedy production of The Ingenious Gentleman: Don Quixote of La Mancha (Jacksons Lane & international tour) for Little Soldier Productions, won The Stage Award and Vaults Festival Awards. He directed award-winning comedian Elf Lyons in a recent production of Medusa for Nuffield Southampton Theatres. He has also worked with the international physical comedy company, Spymonkey, on their productions Oedipussy, Every Last Trick, Jekyll and Hyde(ish) and Love In, and with comedy director Cal McCrystal, as an assistant director.
Recent directing credits include: Phoenix and Turtle (Little Angel Theatre); Othello (Unicorn Theatre, London); Nude (Forest Forge Theatre); Arabian Nights (The Egg, Bath); Tender Loving Care (New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth); The Last March (Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter).
He was Associate Director for the National Theatre on we’re here because we’re here, created by Turner Prize Winner Jeremy Deller, and Rufus Norris. He was also Associate Director for Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ productions of The Audience and David Walliams' Billionaire Boy. He has previous worked as an assistant director for Samuel Hodges, Luke Sheppard, Emma Rice, Sean Holmes and Paul Hunter.
Recent theatre credits include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Pinter Theatre); An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre); The Miser (Theatre Royal Bath/Garrick Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Young Vic); The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Experience (Hampstead Theatre Studio); Raising Martha and LUV (Park Theatre); The Children, X and Linda (Royal Court Downstairs); The Exorcist (Birmingham Rep); Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre); One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse); The Mountaintop (Young Vic); King Lear (RSC); They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida); Strife (Minerva, Chichester); La bohème (Opera Holland Park); Don Carlo (Grange Park Opera); Romeo and Juliet, The Painkiller, Red Velvet and The Winter’s Tale/Harlequinade (Garrick Theatre/Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Headlong); Only the Brave (Millennium Centre, Cardiff); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre); The Caretaker, The Master Builder and The Hairy Ape (Old Vic); Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Cyprus Avenue (Abbey Theatre, Dublin/Royal Court Upstairs); Primetime, Human Animals, I See You and Violence and Son (Royal Court Upstairs); Private Lives (ATG tour); Waiting for Godot, Romeo and Juliet and The Effect (Sheffield Crucible); The Winter’s Tale (Cheek by Jowl); The Wasp (Trafalgar Studios); First Love Is the Revolution (Soho Theatre); Hamlet (Barbican); Richard II (Globe Theatre); Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith) and Medea (Gate Theatre).
Choreographer /Movement Director: For The New Wolsey- Guys And Dolls, It’s A Wonderful Life, Little Shop Of Horrors, Blues In The Night, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Sugar, A Chorus Of Disapproval, Mods And Rox and Our House.
Other theatre credits include: Pirates Of Penzance (ENO) Kafka’s Dick (Bath Theatre Royal) Up On The Roof (Oldham Coliseum), After Life, The Threepenny Opera, The Day After Tomorrow (National Theatre) Stephen Fry’s Cinderella (Old Vic) Little Shop Of Horrors, The Entertainer, Romeo And Juliet, Pinocchio and Toad Of Toad Hall (Birmingham rep) Cinderella , Beauty And The Beast, Happy End, Hosts Of Rebecca, Sweeney Todd, Silas Marner, The Cavalcaders and Happy End (Theatre Clwyd) The Gambler, The Winter’s Tale, Frankie and Tommy (Liverpool Everyman)
Feature Films: Francesca devised the choreographic sequences for the Oompa Loompas in Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. She also worked on Sweeney Todd, Dark Shadows and Alice In Wonderland. She collaborated with Steven Spielberg devising movement concepts for Jude Law and the robots in his film A.I. Artificial Intelligence and with Mike Leigh on Vera Drake and Topsy Turvy (for which she was nominated for Best Choreography in a film by the American Choreography Awards.)
Other films include Great Expectations, One Day, X-Men First Class, The Duchess, De Lovely, The Da Vinci Code, The Prince Of Persia, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Me And Orson Welles, Clash Of The Titans, Gulliver’s Travels, Austenland and The Look Of Love. Recent films : Avengers, Gravity, Muppets Most Wanted, The Invisible Woman, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Our Kind Of Traitor and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Television: Esio Trot, The Trip, Murder On The Home Front, Elizabeth The Virgin Queen, Tipping The Velvet, Hustle, The Vice, Foyle’s War, Sons And Lovers, In A Land Of Plenty and Miss Marple.
Francesca has choreographed advertising campaigns for Scottish Widows, Sainsbury’s, Lynx , Johnny Walker Blue Label and the current 500th anniversary campaign for Hampton Court.
Francesca has written and directed two short films Gnomeland and For George which have been selected for film festivals in London, Scotland, Devon and Spain.
"One Man, Two Guvnors is a feelgood romp which will leave audiences cheering"
"If you're looking for an evening of nonsensical laughter, this is the show to see!"
"Energy and charm were upheld throughout the production and I would be thrilled to see it again"
Saw it last night (Monday 16th September). Brilliant, funny, engaging. Really enjoyed the relationships on stage, and the fantastic interaction with the audience. A superb exhibition of super-talented cast. Thank you.
Saw the production today. Blown away by the acting and singing ability of the cast. Would thoroughly recommend it. There are no weak links, nothing negative can be said about the show. We were amazed by the physical activity involved and the clever techniques used. Thoroughly enjoyed it, cast deserved a full house, would sit through it all again. Don't miss it, book now! Keith and Marilyn Ashton
I'm so fortunate to have seen this performance at the New Wolsey Theatre. Proper belly laughing, and yet One Man Two Guvnors is much more than this. The stage is cleverly designed and on the night, significantly and magically transformed on many occasions, by a highly proficient team, whilst the cast never cease to amaze the audience with their array of musical, acting and comedic talent. I WILL be back!
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