Spotlight: Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors at the People’s Theatre


It’s won awards across the world and has been lauded by critics and theatregoers alike since it’s debut in 2011, now One Man, Two Guvnors is the latest play to be staged at Newcastle’s People’s Theatre.

Richard Bean’s end-of-the-pier twist on Servant Of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, One Man, Two Guvnors is a slapstick farce; it sees Goldoni’s original setting of Venice changed to 1960s England and sees Cocky wide-boy Francis Henshall legs it to Brighton when he’s sacked from his skiffle band. Starving and desperate for money, he’s got jobs with two very dodgy underworld bosses. Things should be fine as long as they don’t find out about each other, right?

The play opened at the National Theatre in 2011, before West End and Broadway runs. James Corden won the Tony award for Best Actor in a Play for his Broadway performance.

Richard Gardner (pictured) stars as Francis, the role made famous by Corden.

This is not Richard’s first time as the hapless chancer, though, having played the part earlier this year with the Queen’s Hall Theatre Club. The Hexham Courant hailed him as “the star of the show”.

When the opportunity came up to audition for this production, he jumped at it. “I wasn’t ready to retire Francis,” Richard said. “It’s the role of a lifetime.”

This is Richard’s first play with the People’s and he is enjoying every moment.

“The rehearsal process has been an absolute joy. The People’s works to such a high standard and the members have all been so friendly and welcoming. I’m excited to be given the chance to develop the character further and take it to the stage with new vigour.”

This production is the second in the theatre’s new season, following on their successful production of Grimm Tales. Also booking this season is Jack and the Beanstalk, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van, amongst others.

Tickets start at £11 and can be booked via the People’s Theatre website or by calling their box office. The theatre is currently undergoing a million pound redevelopment, which will feature a new foyer bar, gallery and box office.

For more information and to book tickets, click here or call the box office on 0191 265 5020


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