ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – TOO FUNNY!
Black RAT Productions will present the hit comedy drama One Man, Two Guvnors at The Coliseum Theatre Aberdare Tuesday 17 October and The Park & Dare Theatre Saturday 21 October. Formed in 2007 and celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, Black RAT Productions is proud to create and tour dynamic and accessible theatre.
This original version of Richard Bean’s fast-paced, riotous farce with music by Grant Oldfield is set in Brighton in the swinging 60s. Directed by Richard Tunley, the hilarious production is based on the book The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni. The play famously starred James Corden when it was first performed in the West End.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall is at the centre of the production’s plot when he becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancée… But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has 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.
Featuring a fun mix of songs, slapstick and brilliant one-liners, the production is a theatrical experience of exceptional comedy timing.
A talented group of some of Wales’ finest comedy actors make up the cast. The company are delighted to welcome back Black RAT favourite Gareth John Bale who will play the lead role of Francis Henshall. Sarah- Jayne Hopkins also returns as Dolly returning to Black RAT following her successful role as Gretchen in the production of Boeing Boeing by the company in 2013.
They will be joined by Lee Gilbert as Harry Dangle, Phylip Harries as Charlie Clench, James Lawrence as Stanley Stubbers, Daniel Miles as Alan Dangle, Caryl Morgan as Rachel Crabbe, Alice Strachan as Pauline Clench and Chris Tummings as Lloyd Boateng.
The production is designed by Anne Marie Hainsworth with lighting design by Robin Bainbridge and musical direction by Rob Thorne.
Black RAT Productions have become well known for their fast paced action packed autumn tours that have delighted audiences over recent years. Past productions have included: Up ’n’ Under, Neville’s Island, Boeing Boeing, Bedroom Farce, The 39 Steps and Bouncers (2010 & 2016).
Director Richard Tunley said “Since we began 10 years ago I am delighted with what the company has achieved. I know One Man, Two Guvnors will further build on our reputation for quality comedy drama and I look forward to watching the reaction from the audiences across Wales. “
One Man Two Guvnors is a Black RAT Productions, Blackwood Miners' Institute and RCT Theatres co-production supported by Arts Council Wales. The production has an age suitability of 14+
Catch Black RAT's production of One Man, Two Guvnors at The Coliseum Theatre Aberdare on Tuesday 17 October 7.30pm & Wednesday 18 October at 1.00pm. It’s also at The Park & Dare Theatre Treorchy on Saturday 21 October 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14.00/£12.00 and are available from the Box Office on 03000 040 444 or online at rct-theatres.co.uk.