Some of the cast members of Robin Hood Theatre Company’s production of the farce, One Man Two Guvnors. PHOTO: CLIVE HARMSTON
Some of the cast members of Robin Hood Theatre Company’s production of the farce, One Man Two Guvnors. PHOTO: CLIVE HARMSTON

Smash-hit farce, One Man Two Guvnors, is the latest production to be staged by the Robin Hood Theatre Company.

It is at the Robin Hood Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday, April 8.

The farce, written by Richard Bean, proved a huge hit in London’s West End, making James Corden a household name, before transferring to Broadway.

It has been described as one of the company’s most challenging productions yet.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End crook now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the father of his fiancée. 

However, Roscoe is really his sister, Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up in The Cricketers Arms, the permanently hungry Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel.

To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart — simple.

The comedy is being directed by Valerie King, and it has proved serious business for the cast and behind-the-scenes crew.

First, Val’s audition notice asked for actors who could sing, dance, play musical instruments and were physically fit enough to perform various acrobatic stunts.

Secondly, she asked set designer David Piper for a set that could not only depict numerous locations, but would also be robust enough to withstand actors crashing about on it at a furious pace working with a whole host of properties including pyrotechnics in a deluge of slapstick situations.

Tickets for the show, which start at 7.30pm, cost £10.

They are available online at www.robinhoodtheatre.co.uk or by calling 07733 179986.


The last show in the Robin Hood Theatre Company season is Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which has been adapted by David Wood.

It follows the story of Boy and his Grandmother who encounter the Grand High Witch and her followers, which results in Boy being turned into a mouse.

It is staged at the Robin Hood Theatre from June 20 to 24.