Photo Flash: First Look at ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Gala Celebration at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Last night, 17 October 2013, The National Theatre's smash hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors became the longest running show at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in its almost two hundred-year history, celebrating this landmark with a special Gala performance as the production welcomed the new cast. Check out the photos below!
Owain Arthur, who has travelled over 25,500 miles worldwide and performed almost 500 times as loveable chancer Francis Henshall, leads the One Man, Two Guvnors cast. He is joined by Angela Griffin as Dolly with Kellie Shirley and Peter Caulfield reprising their roles of Pauline Clench and Alfie. Dominic Thorburn plays Alan Dangle with Sam Alexander as Stanley Stubbers, David Benson as Gareth, Ian Burfield as Charlie Clench, Amy Cuddenas Rachel Crabbe, Derek Elroy as Lloyd Boateng and Hugh Sachs as Harry Dangle.
VIP Guests from the worlds of comedy, film, TV and theatre at the Gala performance include Amanda Holden, Nigel Harman, Myleene Klass, Gok Wan, Sarah Parish, Jill Halfpenny, Kayvan Novak , Daisy Lewis, Lisa Faulkner, Charlie Condou, John Torode, Cherie Blair, Jenny Eclair, Joe Lycett, Jeremy Edwards, Bernard Cribbins , Nicholas Parsons, Lucy Porter, Gaby Roslin, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, John Taylor & Gela Nash Taylor, Joe Wilkinson, Steve Pemberton and Emma Barton.
At the Gala performance Gok Wan was invited up on stage by Francis Henshall (Owain Arthur) during a hilarious scene that bought the house down - Gok Wan and audience member Bill Byrd, on holiday from Texas, were invited to assist Francis move his 'very heavy' Guvnor's suitcase!
After the Gala performance the One Man, Two Guvnors cast and VIP guests enjoyed a post show party at Mint Leaf where they were treated to The Gunvors' cocktails and array of canapés including Potato and Chick Pea Chaat on Wheat Crisp served with Yogurt and Tamarind, Chili and Garlic Marinated Tandoori Paneer, Kadhai Spiced Tempura Asparagus served with Tomato and Mustard Relish and Garlic and Thyme Marinated Chicken Tikka followed by Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.
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.
Now in its third year and booking at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until 1 March 2014, prior to a UK tour, 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. 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.
Multi award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors has now been seen by over 1 million people worldwide since it 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. Since March 2012 the London production has been playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors completed its successful run at the Music Box Theater in 2012. A second UK tour ran from September 2012 to February 2013 and the International tour completes its run at the Arts Centre, Melbourne this week, having played across Australia as well as Hong Kong and New Zealand.
For more information, visit: www.onemantwoguvnors.com
Photo Credit: Dan Wooller
Myleene Klass and Amanda Holden
John Torode and Lisa Faulkner
Daisy Lewis and Ophelia Lovibond
Charlie Condou, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish, Lucy Gaskell and Rose Keegan
Sarah Parish and Amanda Holden
Rachel Hurd-Wood and Kayvan Novak
Lucy Liemann and Nigel Harman
Lisa Faulkner and John Torode
Jenny Eclair and Geof Powell