Rufus Hound in One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Comedian Replacing Owain Arthur in the Role Made Famous by James Corden at the National Theatre
Earlier in the year, around the time that James Corden earned his Tony Award for the Broadway version of “One Man, Two Guvnors”, the National Theatre production was barely out of the news, with an array of stories about the win in New York and the ongoing West End version. It is the latter that lands in the spotlight today, many months after its last casting announcement, as Rufus Hound is revealed as the new Francis Henshall at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
The London theatre show is the popular story of Henshall, the skiffle band member who is thrown out of the group owing to his large appetite. But he needs to feed his hunger somehow and he soon finds a new job – minding the criminal Roscow Crabbe. But this is not enough for Henshall and once again thinking of food he seizes another job with a man named Stanley Stubbers and as this is a reinterpretation of Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters”, Henshall must work hard to keep the two men apart.
Following James Corden, Rufus Hound is the second star of British comedy to make his way to the role of Henshall, though he is better known for appearances on entertainment programming rather than drama. His credits include “Argumental”, “Would I Lie To You?”, “Celebrity Juice”,”Thank God You’re Here” and “Famous and Fearless”, among others, whilst his acting work has seen him appear in “Big Fat Gypsy Gangster”, “The Wedding Video” and the CBBC sitcom “Hounded”.
He made his debut in the role of Henshall in the touring production of “One Man, Two Guvnors”, which is ongoing around the country.
“One Man, Two Guvnors” has been an enormously popular venture and audiences around the country have now had a chance to see why. The show started out at the National Theatre before transferring to the West End (at the Adelphi Theatre prior to its transfer to its current home). Hound joins the show on Monday 4th February 2013.
It is now booking at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until Saturday 31st August 2013.