North Wales actor Owain Arthur has been cast in the lead role of Francis Henshall in Nicholas Hytner’s five-star award-winning production of One Man, Two Guvnors for its visit to Llandudno next week.
The role on the nationwide tour has been played by TV comedian Rufus Hound, but for the tour’s dates in Llandudno and Cardiff, local boy Owain takes the helm.
Arthur’s previous roles include Nicholas Hytner’s National Theatre production of The History Boys, Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and TV’s Holby City, New Tricks and The Palace.
In Richard Bean’s award-winning version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant Of Two Masters, sex, food and money are high on the agenda.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous 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!
One Man, Two Guvnors won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play, and a Broadway production opened in New York in April. UK critics have called One Man, Two Guvnors ‘deliriously daft and diabolically joke-stuffed entertainment’ and ‘pure comic bliss’.
With songs by Grant Olding, One Man, Two Guvnors is sure to bring a smile to your face during those blue January nights after Christmas and New Year.
One Man, Two Guvnors is at Venue Cymru in Llandudno from January 2-5. Tickets available on 01492 872000 or at www. venuecymru.co.uk.