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One Man, Two Guvnors extends and Tom Edden returns

NICHOLAS Hytner’s acclaimed National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors has once again extended its booking period at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, this time until August 31, 2013.

And from November 19, 2012, Tom Edden returns to the production to play Alfie the Waiter.

He joins Owain Arthur as lovable chancer Francis Henshall, Jodie Prenger (Dolly), Phil Cornwell (Charlie), Rhona Croker (Pauline), David Benson (Gareth), Nigel Betts (Harry), Derek Elroy (Lloyd), Daniel Ings (Alan), Ben Mansfield (Stanley Stubbers) and Gemma Whelan (Rachel Crabbe).

Ensemble members are Robin Berry, Gillian Budd, Andrew Dennis, Laura Matthews, Richard Shanks and Gavin Spokes.

Tom Edden returns to the role of Alfie in the West End production having been nominated for a Tony Award in the role on Broadway. He created the role to huge critical acclaim in the show’s original run at the National Theatre as well as in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre.

His other stage credits include Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), 101 Dalmatians and Hamlet. On television, he has appeared in Doctor Who and Stuart: A Life Backwards.

In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with the aforementioned Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, all Francis has to do is keep his two guvnors apart…

One Man, Two Guvnors‘ physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, designs are by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography by Adam Penford. Songs are by Grant Olding.