A Royal Visit for One Man, Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Her Majesty the Queen Drops into the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a Night in the West End
It isn’t the first time that the Queen has made her way to the West End to enjoy the sights and sounds of Theatreland, just ask those who saw her in the audience at a performance of “War Horse” a few years ago, but this week it was the turn of “One Man, Two Guvnors” to receive royal attention. Her Majesty the Queen dropped in to witness the production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and just like on previous occasions she made her way quietly into the auditorium (alongside Prince Philip, Peter Philips and Autumn Philips) and enjoyed it alongside other audience members.
The production has been in the news a lot since it opened at the National Theatre last year, back when James Corden was in the lead role. It received positive critical acclaim and went on to tour the United Kingdom before heading to the West End, where it ran at the Adelphi Theatre until recently. Then Corden stepped down from the lead role of Francis Henshall and Owain Arthur replaced him as it transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
It tells the story of the mentioned Henshall, a food loving member of a skiffle band in 1960s Brighton whose problems are set in motion when he is kicked out of the band and forced to find a new way of funding his feeding habits. He soon takes on a new master and, when this isn’t enough, he takes on another. The problem then becomes keeping them apart, or face consequences as people realise he is one man two ‘guvnors’. The story is based on the Carlo Goldoni 1743 play “The Servant of Two Masters”.
Those in attendance at the performance noted that the Queen seemed to enjoy the show and that she was seen laughing. So as critics and audiences agree that it is one of the most significant shows in the capital, they can add the Queen to those that have picked up theatre tickets and become a new fan.
“One Man, Two Guvnors” opened at the Haymarket Theatre on Friday 2nd March 2012 and its initial booking period takes it to Saturday 15th September 2012.