Preview: One Man, Two Guvnors, Festival Theatre

Michael Dylan. Pic: Comp
Michael Dylan. Pic: Comp
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THE last time the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors toured to the Capital, it sold out The King’s before it had even opened. It returns to the larger Festival Theatre next week, with Gavin Spokes replacing James Corden in the central role, Francis Henshall.

Director Nicholas Hytner’s production tells the hilarious tale of Francis 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 Stanley - but to prevent discovery he must keep his two guvnors apart.

Spokes is joined in the production by ex-EastEnders’ Shaun Williamson, Emma Barton and Jasmyn Banks, Barry Evans, Honey Mitchell and Alice Branning respectively and Celebrity Big Brother undercover actor Michael Dylan (pictured).

Now seen by more than one million people worldwide, this internationally-acclaimed smash-hit, has been hailed as ‘the funniest show on the planet’ and is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters.

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

One Man, Two Guvnors premiered 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 before transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket where it played until March 2014 - becoming the longest running show in the Haymarket’s 200-year history.

One Man, Two Guvnors, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.30pm (Mtineee 2.30pm), £14.50-£32.50, 0131-529 6000