Ever since James Corden opened with the show in 2011, One Man Two Govnors Theatre Breaks had been one of the most popular packages, offering an hilarious highlight to a short stay in London.
Now with new star, Rufus Hound, the smash-hit comedy continues its run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Fired from a skiffle band, Francis Henshall (Hound) becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, but Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, who was murdered by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of some extra money and takes a job with Stanley Stubbers. To prevent discovery Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple!
Rufus Hound is well known to TV audiences as a comic and presenter (Argumental, Celebrity Juice, Would I Lie to You?) and in 2012 starred in the film The Wedding Video. Prior to appearing in One Man Two Guvnors in London Hound starred in the touring production of the show.
One Man, Two Guvnors is written by Richard Bean and is an adaptation of Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters. It is directed by Nicholas Hytner, who also directed Miss Saigon and The History Boys.
The Theatre Royal Haymarket is just south of Piccadilly Tube station, which is on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, giving easy access to hotels in Bloomsbury, Kings Cross, Mayfair, Kensington, Knightsbridge Marylebone, Fitzrovia and the Southbank.
If a walk is all you want then the Radisson blu Edwardian Leicester Square (4 star) and Hampshire (5 star) hotels are closest and are of an excellent standard. Just across the other side of Piccadilly Circus, the Cavendish Hotel in Mayfair offers great 4 star accommodation at a much more affordable price (at the time of writing!) as does the 3 star St Giles hotel just a little further away on Oxford Street.
One Man, Two Guvnors Performance times:
One man Two Guvnors Theatre Breaks are no longer available.
Theatre: Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London
Nearest Tube Station: Leicester Square
IMPORTANT: One Man, Two Guvnors is suitable for ages 14 +
I saw a Saturday matinee performance of One Man Two Guvnors with my two sons (aged 11 & 13). The theatre was packed to the gills!
The skiffle band/orchestra - The Craze - start playing on stage about 20 minutes before curtain up. They sing original upbeat 60s type songs which get everyone in the mood for the next 2 1/2 hours of hilarity.
From start to finish this play is about having fun - absolutely everything is played for laughs and the audience duly responds in bucketfuls.
With stand-up comedian Rufus Hound's quick wit, his inter-action with the audience is pure genius.
After seeing lots of musicals and not many plays in their short time as my children, the boys said that this was the BEST thing they had ever seen on stage (and I can assure you they've seen lots and lots!)
If there were more than 5 stars to give I would willingly give 100!