Photo Flash: First Look at Owain Arthur, Jodie Prenger in ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
Nicholas Hytner's five star award-winning production of One Man, Two Guvnors is currently playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket after two sell-out record-breaking runs at the National and Adelphi Theatres. Joining Owain Arthur as lovable chancer Francis Henshall are Jodie Prenger and Hannah Spearritt who play Dolly and Pauline respectively. Martin Barrass joins the cast to play Alfie with David Benson as Gareth, Nigel Betts as Harry, Derek Elroy as Lloyd, Gerard Horan as Charlie, Daniel Ings as Alan, Ben Mansfield as Stanley and Gemma Whelan as Rachel.
Check out photos of the new cast in action below!
With songs by Grant Olding, One Man, Two Guvnors Physical Comedy Director is Cal McCrystal, designs are by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography by Adam Penford.
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 take a job with one Stanley Stubbers. To prevent discovery Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Owain Arthur who has been understudying the role of Francis Henshall as part of the West End Company, has also been seen in Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre production of The History Boys, as well as Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedy of Errors for the Royal Exchange Theatre and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre. On television his credits include Holby City, Ddeg, Cei Bach, New Tricks and The Palace. His film credits include Abroad, Mr Nice and Eldra.
Jodie Prenger (Dolly) won the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh's revival production of Oliver! after winning BBC 1's I'd Do Anything and has recently played The Lady of The Lake in the Spamalot UK tour. Her other television projects include Hustle, Justin's House, Candy Cabs and Waterloo Road, all for the BBC. Prenger led the search to find a Toto for a gala performance of The Wizard of Oz through BBC 1's Over The Rainbow. She has appeared extensively on BBC Radio 2 covering for Elaine Paige and Paul O'Grady as well as co-hosting Going Out With Alan Carr, the Chris Evans' Breakfast Show, Laurence Olivier Awards 2010 and Children in Need 2009. She toured with John Barrowman on his UK concert tour in 2010 and 2011 and has made regular concert appearances on BBC Radio 2 including Thank You for the Music and The Friday Night Is Music Night James Bond Special. Prenger can be heard singing So Close with John Barrowman on his self titled album and she recorded In The Mood for The Very Best of Glenn Miller.
Hannah Spearritt (Pauline) made her stage debut in The Belle's Stratagem at Southwark Playhouse last year. A former member of the successful pop group S Club 7, Spearritt went on to appear in American films Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London and Seed of Chucky. Her UK television work includes Miss Marple and Blessed, but she is best known for playing the leading role of Abby Maitland in five seasons of ITV's action packed sci-fi series Primeval.
Richard Bean's plays include England People Very Nice for the National The Heretic, Harvest (winner of the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play), Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court and The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour. He adapted David Mamet's House of Games and wrote a new version of The Hypochondriac for The Almeida Theatre. Bean recently won the 2011 Evening Standard Award for Best Play for One Man, Two Guvnors and The Heretic as the Critics' Circle Best Play Award.
Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Stephen Pimlott), Rafta, Rafta... , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, England People Very Nice, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet, Collaborators and Travelling Light.
Richard Bean's award-wining adaptation, based on Carlo Goldoni'sThe Servant of Two Masters, opened at The National Theatre in May 2011. In November last year, after a UK tour, One Man, Two Guvnors opened in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre where it completed a sell-out run on 25 February 2012. A Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors will open at the Music Box Theatre on 18 April 2012.
Photo Credit: JOHAN PERSSON
Hannah Spearritt and Gemma Whelan