One Man, Two Guvnors celebrates record run at Theatre Royal Haymarket and welcomes new cast members
On 17 October, the National Theatre’s smash hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors became the longest-running show at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in its almost 200-year history. A special gala performance was held to celebrate this landmark and to welcome the production’s new cast, including the return of Owain Arthur. VIP guests from the worlds of comedy, film, TV and theatre at the Gala performance included Amanda Holden, Nigel Harman, Myleene Klass, Gok Wan, Daisy Lewis, John Torode, Cherie Blair and Bernard Cribbins.
For this special gala performance, TV make-over star Gok Wan was the unlucky audience member selected to ascend the stage for the audience participation moment. Poor Mr Wan was required to help the character of Stanley (Owain Arthur) move a heavy suitcase across the stage. Needless to say, the audience was in fits of laughter as chaos ensued.
New cast member Angela Griffin, best known for work in Coronation Street, makes her West End debut. Griffin plays the part of Dolly, a role that has previously played by Jodie Prenger, Suzie Toase and Amy Booth-Steel. Dominic Thorburn joins the cast to play lovesick thespian, Alan Dangle. Current cast members Sam Alexander, David Benson, Ian Burfield, Amy Cudden, Derek Elroy and Hugh Sachs will remain with the production.
One Man, Two Guvnors is playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until 1 March 2014, before embarking on a UK tour.