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Laugh-out-loud mix of slapstick, songs and satire

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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THE National Theatre's award-winning comedy directed by Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors, is about to embark on a 37 city tour of the UK and Ireland.

It will be showing at the Regent Theatre in Stoke between Monday and Saturday, August 25 and 30.

Now seen by more than a million people worldwide, this internationally acclaimed smash hit is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

Gavin Spokes takes the central role of loveable chancer Francis Henshall, Alicia Davies is Rachel Crabbe, and Patrick Warner plays Stanley Stubbers.

Gavin is currently playing Parsons in the Almeida/Headlong production of 1984 which is just about to transfer to the West End.

Gavin's previous National Theatre work includes Jamie Lloyd's production of She Stoops to Conquer and he also played Hardy in Laurel and Hardy for the Watermill Theatre. Alicia Davies has appeared the Bachae and Blood Wedding in Northampton, the Comedy of Errors and the Importance of Being Ernest for Oxford Shakespeare Company. Patrick Warner's roles include the Comedy of Errors for the Merely Players, Junket at the Arcola and Posh at the Royal Court Theatre.

One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre in May 2011. In November, after its first UK tour, it transferred to the Adelphi Theatre where it completed a sell-out run.

Tickets cost from £11.50. Call the box office on 0844 871 7649 or go to the website www.atgtickets.com/stoke.

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