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One Man, Two Guvnors - Owain Arthur returns

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ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, having travelled over 25,500 miles worldwide and performed almost 500 times as loveable chancer Francis Henshall, Owain Arthur returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to lead the cast in One Man, Two Guvnors, which is currently booking until March 1, 2014.

Arthur will be joined by Angela Griffin as Dolly with Kellie Shirley and Peter Caulfield reprising their roles of Pauline Clench and Alfie, which they previously played in the One Man, Two Guvnors touring productions. Dominic Thorburn joins the cast to play Alan Dangle.

Current cast members Sam Alexander (Stanley Stubbers), David Benson (Gareth), Ian Burfield (Charlie Clench), Amy Cudden (Rachel Crabbe), Derek Elroy (Lloyd Boateng) and Hugh Sachs (Harry Dangle) will continue in their roles.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall 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. Simple.

Nicholas Hytner’s five star production of Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters has songs by Grant Olding performed by The Craze.

Owain Arthur returns from the acclaimed International Tour of One Man, Two Guvnors to play Francis Henshall having previously performed the role at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2012, on tour in the UK and having understudied James Cordon in the role at the Adelphi Theatre. Arthur has previously been seen in Nicholas Hytner’s National Theatre production of The History Boys, as well as Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Comedy of Errors (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Birdsong (Comedy Theatre).

His screen credits include Holby City, Ddeg, Cei Bach, New Tricks and The Palace (TV); Abroad, Mr Nice and Eldra (film).

Peter Caulfield recently toured with One Man, Two Guvnors on its second UK tour. His previous theatre credits include Me and My Girl (Kilworth House Theatre), The Merchant of Venice and The Wind in the Willows (Derby Theatre), Enron (Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Court), Present: Tense (Southwark Playhouse), Man of Mode (National Theatre), The Wild Duck (Donmar Warehouse), Into the Woods (Royal Opera House) and Elegies: A Song Cycle (Arts Theatre).

Angela Griffin, who will be making her West End debut in One Man, Two Guvnors, has worked extensively on television as an actress and presenter and was last on screen starring as Shelly in Sky 1’s comedy drama series Mount Pleasant. Griffin came to prominence in Coronation Street, playing hair dresser Fiona Middleton for five years. Her other television credits include starring roles in Holby City, Babyfather, Cutting It and Waterloo Road (Kim Campbell from 2006-2010). She has also been seen in Hustle, Down To Earth, Waking the Dead, Open Wide and Boy Meets World.

As a presenter she has worked extensively for Sky 1 fronting her own daily talk show Angela and Friends as well as Emergency with Angela Griffin. In addition, she co-hosted Sky’s coverage of the 2010 Oscars and Golden Globe Awards. She has also appeared in the film Last Chance Harvey starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.

Kellie Shirley joins the West End cast having previously performed the role of Pauline in the production’s UK and international tours. Her other theatre work includes Cinderella (Richmond Theatre), Rhoda (Menier Chocolate Factory), State Fair (Finborough Theatre), The Miracle (National Theatre), Slam (Soho Theatre) and Best of the Rest (Royal Court Theatre).

Although she is best known on television as EastEnders‘ Carly Wicks, a role she played from 2006 – 2012, she has also appeared in Lewis, The Office, Murder City, Parents of the Band, 20,000 Streets Under the Sky and The Bill. Her film credits include Frank, Girl on a Bicycle, Venus, The Grind, Heidi and Wimbledon.

Dominic Thorburn’s theatre credits include Macbeth (Manchester International Festival), Our Country’s Good (Bolton Octagon Theatre and St. James Theatre), Henry V and The Winter’s Tale (Propeller Theatre Company) and Henry IV Parts I and II (Theatre Royal Bath). On screen, he has appeared in Everywhere and Nowhere and I Shouldn’t Be Alive: Avalanche.

Read more about One Man, Two Guvnors.

2013 Christmas performance schedule

Monday, December 23 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Tuesday, December 24 at 2.30pm.
Wednesday, December 25 – no performance.
Thursday, December 26 at 7.30.
Friday, December 27 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Saturday, December 28 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Monday, December 30 at 7.30pm.
Tuesday, December 31 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Wednesday, January 1 at 7.30.
Thursday, January 2 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Friday, January 3 at 7.30pm.
Saturday, January 4 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.