From 4 February 2013 a new cast will perform in Nicholas Hytner's five star West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors. As previously announced, Rufus Hound will take the lead as loveable chancer Francis Henshall. He will join new cast members Sam Alexander, Ian Burfield, Amy Cudden, Harry Kershaw, Kelly Price and Hugh Sachs. Martin Barrass will return to the production to play Alfie, and current cast members David Benson, Rhona Croker and Derek Elroy will continue. Mensah Bediako, Owen Brazendale, Gillian Budd, Max Hutchinson, Tom Lorcan, Aimee Parkes and Claire Sundin complete the ensemble.
Richard Bean's award-winning version of Carlo Goldoni's classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters has songs by Grant Olding performed by The Craze. The physical comedy director on One Man, Two Guvnors is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancee's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who's 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 re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Sam Alexander (Stanley Stubbers) was last on stage in No Naughty Bits at Hampstead Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Bacchae for the Royal Exchange Theatre and Hay Fever at Chichester Festival Theatre. He has also worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company where his credits include Twelfth Night, Love's Labour's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream. At Shakespeare's Globe his credits include The Comedy of Errors, A Winter's Tale and Troilus and Cressida. His television credits include Criminal Justice, Lewis, Skins, The Marchioness Disaster and Hamlet.
Martin Barrass (Alfie) returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to reprise his role as Alfie. His previous theatre credits include Peter Pan, Stan Laurel in Laurel and Hardy, The Railway Children and Toad in The Wind in the Willows all for the Theatre Royal York. He also appeared in Richard Bean's Toast for Hull Truck Theatre Company. His television credits include Emmerdale, Angels and The Bill.