Jodie Prenger and Hannah Spearritt Set for Transfer of One Man, Two Guvnors to London's Haymarket

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The principal cast for the transfer of the National's One Man, Two Guvnors from the Adelphi to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket has been announced.

Newly joining the previously announced Owain Arthur, who takes over from James Corden, are Jodie Prenger, Hannah Spearritt, Martin Barrass, David Benson, Nigel Betts, Derek Elroy, Gerard Horan, Daniel Ings, Ben Mansfield and Gemma Whelan.

The production, which is currently running at the Adelphi through Feb. 25, will resume performances at the Haymarket with this company from March 2, for a run that is currently booking through Sept. 1. A Broadway production will begin performances at the Music Box April 6, prior to an official opening April 18.

Adapted by Richard Bean from Goldoini's The Servant of Two Masters, the play revolves around Francis Henshall (Arthur), who, after he is fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to 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. To prevent discovery Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.

Arthur, who plays Francis Henshall, has been understudying the role of Francis Henshall as part of the West End Company. Other theatre credits include Nicholas Hytner's production of The History Boys as well as Romeo and Juliet for the RSC.

Prenger, who plays Dolly, starred as Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh's revival production of Oliver! after winning the public vote to do so on BBC1's "I'd Do Anything" and has recently played The Lady of The Lake in the UK tour of Spamalot. Spearritt, who plays Pauline, was a former member of the pop group S Club 7. She made her stage debut in The Belle's Stratagem at Southwark Playhouse last year.  She is best known for playing the leading role of Abby Maitland in five seasons of ITV's sci-fi series "Primeval."

Barrass, who plays Alfie, has appeared regularly at the Theatre Royal York and at Hull Truck Theatre. TV credits include "Emmerdale," "Angels" and "The Bill."

Benson, who plays Gareth, has been part of the One Man, Two Guvnors company since its premiere at the National Theatre.  He has won two Fringe First awards for his one-man shows Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams (which also played a West End season at the Vaudeville Theatre) and Lockerbie: Unfinished Business.

Betts, who plays Harry, has been seen in War Horse and The 39 Steps in the West End. TV credits include "Doc Martin," "Trial and Retribution," "The Catherine Tate Show" and "Moving Wallpaper." 

Ings, who plays Alan, has appeared in Frankenstein at the National. TV credits include "The Cafe," "Psychoville," "Peep Show" and "Pete Versus Life."

Horan, who plays Charlie, was seen in Jerusalem in the West End and A Miracle at the Royal Court. TV credits include "Appropriate Adult," "Any Human Heart" and "Lark Rise to Candleford."

Elroy, who plays Lloyd, has been a member of the One Man, Two Guvnors ensemble since its premiere at the National Theatre.  Other theatre credits include The Harder they Come (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Barbican, West End and Canadian tour). TV credits include "Rev," "If….," "Buried Treasure" and "The Bill."

Mansfield, who plays Stanley Stubbers, is best known on television for playing Captain Becker in series 3 and 4 of ITV’s sci-fi series "Primeval," in which he stars alongside Hannah Spearritt. Theatre credits include Peter Hall's productions of Twelfth Night for the National Theatre, Henry IV Parts 1&2 for the Theatre Royal Bath and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Whelan, who plays Rachel, has recently completed filming for HBO's "Game of Thrones." Other stage credits include Stephen and the Sexy Partridge at the Trafalgar Studios, and TV credits include "The Persuasionists" and "Cardinal Burns."

One Man Two Guvnors, which is directed by National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner, has songs by Grant Olding. The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, designs are by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography by Adam Penford.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit for more details.

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