One man, two guv’nors, and plenty of laughter

Photo by Pamela Raith
Photo by Pamela Raith

The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guv’nors will be bringing laughs aplenty to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from January 27-31.

Gavin Spokes takes on the central role of loveable chancer Francis Henshall (a part initially made famous in the West End and then on Broadway by James Corden) with Norman Pace as Charlie Clench.

Norman Pace co-starred in the long-running BBC and ITV comedy show Hale and Pace. His recent stage credits include: Charley’s Aunt, Dry Rot, Murder by Misadventure, The Secret Garden, Eurobeat Almost Eurovision and Chicago.

Director Nicholas Hytner’s five-star production tells the hilarious story of Francis Henshall who, fired from his skiffle band, 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.

It has been described as a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.

Now seen by over one million people worldwide, this internationally-acclaimed smash-hit, hailed as ‘the funniest show on the planet’ by The Mail and a ‘comic classic’ by The Guardian, is touring the UK.

The acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and 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.

One Man, Two Guvnors 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.

The show then transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket where it continued to play until its final West End performance on March 1 2014. The Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors completed a successful run at the Music Box Theater in 2012.

Tickets to see this comic play cost £32.50 - £15.50 plus concessions, and they are available via the website at or by calling 0115 989 5555.