Smash-hit comedy lead the autumn season

The main house production for the autumn at Derby Theatre is Richard Bean’s smash-hit comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors.

It is a side-splitting mix of physical comedy, farce and live music and has remained a huge hit with audiences and the press alike since the National Theatre’s production opened to rave reviews in 2011. 

After being fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall is skint and hungry. He manages to secure a new job as a minder for small time gangster Roscoe Crabbe. What Francis doesn’t know, is his new guvnor is really Roscoe’s sister Rachel in disguise as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

To further complicate things, Francis nabs a second job working for that very Stanley Stubbers who is hiding from the police. All Francis has to do to ensure his two guvnors don’t meet. What could go wrong?

The play, a co-production with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, will be directed by Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre’s chief executive.

She said: I am confident that our audiences (and those in Hornchurch) will have a truly great night in our theatres this autumn seeing this superb slapstick comedy.”

It will run at Derby Theatre from September 7-28, before a run at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from October 2-19.

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