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Adelphi Theatre
Strand WC2EH 7NA
One Man, Two Guvnors
Adelphi Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Adelphi Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 8th Nov 11
Opens 21st Nov 11
Booking to 25th Feb 12
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Wed & Sat 2.30 pm

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.


One Man 4

One Man, two GuvnorThe Servant of Two Masters, written as a comedy in 1746 by Carlo Goldoni. Both the play and the slapstick has been brought up to date and modernised by Richard Bean - the plot sort of lives on as the basis for an almost choreographed set of hilarious interactions.

It has had high praise on the funny side:

"One of the funniest productions in the National's history." - Guardian

"The single funniest production I've ever seen." - Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4


One Man 2Francis Henshall is only a skiffle player that didn't make it. He was fired from the group. Gets a job as a minder to one guvenor Roscoe Crabbe. He's a bit of an East End crook. They went to Brighton to collect money, a cool £6,000 from his fiancée's dad. Roscoe is in reality his twin sister Rachel who is impersonating her own dead brother who is owed the money, Roscoe was killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers who is hiding from the police in a pub in Brighton unaware to the proximity of Rachel.

Francis is a greedy fat boy at heart and to get some more food he takes a job with another guvnor which is no other than Stanley Stubbers, Stanley fondly hopes to be re-united with Rachel who is rather busy getting the £6000 posing as the man her boyfriend Stanley has killed. Francis is engaged upon the task of making sure that the two don't run into each other - no matter what - he has to keep the two of them from meeting.

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  • Gareth David - Benson
  • Oliver Chris - Stanley Stubbers
  • James Corden - Francis Henshall
  • Tom Edden - Alfie
  • Martyn Ellis - Doctor
  • Trevor Laird - Lloyd Boateng
  • Claire Lams - Pauline Clench
  • Fred Ridgeway - Charlie Clench
  • Suzie Toase - Dolly
  • Harry Dangle - Understudy
  • Leighton Pugh
  • Daniel Rigby - Alan
  • Jemima Rooper - Rachel Crabbe
  • Fergus March / Gareth Mason / Clare Thomson / Paul Lancaster / Derek Elroy / Polly Conway / Jolyon Dixon - Ensemble

Production credits:

  • Director - Nicholas Hytner
  • Associate Director - Cal McCrystal
  • Designer - Mark Thompson
  • Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson
  • Music - Grant Olding
  • Sound Designer - Paul Arditti
  • Fight Director - Kate Waters
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