Owain Arthur Returns to One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
The Performer Originally Took on the Role of Francis Henshall in 2012 Before Rufus Hound Played the Part This Year
Audiences that missed Owain Arthur when he portrayed Francis Henshall in the hit National Theatre show One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last year will have another opportunity as the actor returns to the part from September 2013. The move comes after the performer took on the role on the touring edition of the show, which appeared in venues across the country. He will also be joined by Peter Caulfield and Kellie Shirley, both of whom also appeared in the touring version.
One Man, Two Guvnors is Richard Bean’s update of Servant Of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini and features the character of Francis Henshall, a food-loving member of a skiffle band whose situation is turned upside down when he is fired from his position. To make some money he starts to work for a local crook and when his appetite forces him to source even more money he takes on another employer. The only thing he needs to do now is to make sure that they never meet – something that is easier said than done!
Owain Arthur first appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors in 2012 and this marked his first leading West End role. Prior to landing the part he also appeared in other stage productions like the touring version of the National Theatre hit The History Boys, which also featured James Corden (the original Francis Henshall at the Lyttelton National Theatre and Adelphi Theatre), and had a non-lead role in Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre (now known as the Harold Pinter Theatre). Beyond stage parts audiences might also recognise him from screen roles such as Casualty and Doctors, among others.
One Man, Two Guvnors is one of many west end shows to have its origins at the National Theatre. The capital is also home to successful productions like War Horse at the New London theatre and, as of 2013, the Apollo Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
One Man, Two Guvnors is at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, where it is currently taking bookings until Saturday 1st March 2014.