Posted on 21 January 2012

Joining Owain Arthur at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for the new production of One Man, Two Guvnors is former S Club 7 singer Hannah Spearritt and former star of Oliver, Jodie Prenger.  They will open on 2nd March.

The pair joining Owain Arthur, who will take the part of Francis Henshall, which is currently being played by James Corden, will play Pauline and Dolly respectively.  The new cast will also include Martin Barrass, David Benson, Nigel Betts, Derek Elroy, Gerard Horan, Daniel Ings, Ben Mansfield and Gemma Whelan.

The production, which is currently running at the Adelphi until February 25th, will resume performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with the new cast from March 2, for a run that is currently booking until 1st September . A Broadway production will begin performances at the Music Box on 6th April , prior to an official opening on 18th April.

Owen Arthur, who plays Francis Henshall, has been understudying the role of Francis Henshall as part of the West End Company. Other theatre credits include Nicholas Hytner's production of The History Boys as well as Romeo and Juliet for the RSC.

Hannah Spearritt made her stage debut in The Belle's Stratagem at Southwark Playhouse last year.  She is best known for playing the leading role of Abby Maitland in five seasons of ITV's sci-fi series "Primeval."

Jodie Prenger starred as Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh's revival production of Oliver! after winning the public vote to do so on BBC1's "I'd Do Anything" and has recently played The Lady of The Lake in the UK tour of Spamalot.

Ben Mansfield, who plays Stanley Stubbers, is best known on television for playing Captain Becker in series 3 and 4 of ITV’s sci-fi series "Primeval," in which he stars alongside Hannah Spearritt. Theatre credits include Peter Hall's productions of Twelfth Night for the National Theatre, Henry IV Parts 1&2 for the Theatre Royal Bath and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

David Benson, who plays Gareth, has been part of the One Man, Two Guvnors company since its premiere at the National Theatre.  He has won two Fringe First awards for his one-man shows Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams (which also played a West End season at the Vaudeville Theatre) and Lockerbie: Unfinished Business.

Martin Barrass, who plays Alfie, has appeared regularly at the Theatre Royal York and at Hull Truck Theatre. TV credits include "Emmerdale," "Angels" and "The Bill."

Nigel Betts, who plays Harry, has been seen in War Horse and The 39 Steps in the West End. TV credits include "Doc Martin," "Trial and Retribution," "The Catherine Tate Show" and "Moving Wallpaper."

Daniel Ings, who plays Alan, has appeared in Frankenstein at the National. TV credits include "The Cafe," "Psychoville," "Peep Show" and "Pete Versus Life."

Gerard Horan, who plays Charlie, was seen in Jerusalem in the West End and A Miracle at the Royal Court. TV credits include "Appropriate Adult," "Any Human Heart" and "Lark Rise to Candleford."

Derek Elroy, who plays Lloyd, has been a member of the One Man, Two Guvnors ensemble since its premiere at the National Theatre.  Other theatre credits include The Harder they Come (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Barbican, West End and Canadian tour). TV credits include "Rev," "If….," "Buried Treasure" and "The Bill."

Gemma Whelan, who plays Rachel, has recently completed filming for HBO's "Game of Thrones." Other stage credits include Stephen and the Sexy Partridge at the Trafalgar Studios, and TV credits include "The Persuasionists" and "Cardinal Burns."

Adapted by Richard Bean from Goldoini's The Servant of Two Masters, the play revolves around Francis Henshall (Arthur), who, after he is fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to 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. To prevent discovery Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.

One Man, Two Guvnors, with it's current cast has been nominated for five Whatsonstage.com Awards, including Best New Comedy for James Corden, Best Supporting Actor for Oliver Chris and Best Supporting Actress for Jemima Rooper.

Bean has already won the Best Play prize in the Evening Standard Awards, jointly for One Man, Two Guvnors and The Heretic.

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[posted by Louise, 21/01/2012]