Laughs guaranteed as One Man, Two Guvnors heads to Aberdeen

Dolly (Emma Barton) speaks to love interest Francis (Gavin Spokes)
Dolly (Emma Barton) speaks to love interest Francis (Gavin Spokes)

The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors is set for its visit to His Majesty’s Theatre this October.

The production tells the hilarious story of loveable chancer Francis Henshall who becomes a minder to Roscoe Crabbe after being fired from his skiffle band.

Pauline (Jasmyn Banks) has a word with boyfriend Alan (Edward Hancock)

Pauline (Jasmyn Banks) has a word with boyfriend Alan (Edward Hancock)

But there is a twist - Roscoe is actually a woman named Rachel posing as her dead brother who was killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Chip-lover Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers - but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart.

Gavin Spokes takes the central role playing Francis alongside actresses Emma Barton (Dolly) and Jasmyn Banks (Pauline), who some may recongnise as Eastenders favourites Honey Mitchell and Alice Branning.

The Buchanie visited Glasgow recently to catch up with the actors before they headed up to the Granite City.

Lead man Gavin describes Francis as being “Fun, stupid and bouncy” and told us how he became involved with the role: “I saw the play at the National and was asked to be James Cordon’s understudy when he was playing Francis.

“For someone who would usually be the sidekick, it is good to be able to take the lead role.

“There is a bit of a wow factor getting to step into these shoes but I would say I’m a little more cheeky than James.”

He added: “I have been to Aberdeen once before so I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Jasmyn takes on the role of Pauline Clench, a completely different character from her East End counterpart, Alice.

Describing her character, Jasmyn said she is: “Dumb, blonde and fierce, and don’t mess with her boyfriend!”

When asked about the difference between television and live work, she said: “They are totally different, live shows really keep you on your toes as the audience is right in front of you.”

Meanwhile Emma brings Francis’ love interest Dolly to life, a character she describes as “Busty, bolshie and bookkeeper, and she won’t take no for an answer.”

Emma worked hard to get her accent right as she explained: “The original actress had a Northern accent and I felt it really suited Dolly so I did my homework and had a vocal tutor to help me.”

One Man, Two Guvnors will run at His Majesty’s Theatre from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 October.

Tickets are available at www.aberdeenperfomingarts.com or by calling 01224 641122.