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One Man, Two Guvnors

Audition Notice: One Man, Two Guvnors

by Richard Bean
directed by Ewen Coleman

Performances: 26 February – 7 March 2020 


Auditions will be held on Saturday 2nd November 2019, with call backs (if required) on Monday 4th November.

Auditions will be in large groups and will involve:
  • A group physical exercise
  • Working with a section of the play, that will be sent to you in advance
  • Working with sections of the play that you have not seen
To book an audition time, please email Shannon on with the following information:
  1. Full name
  2. Contact phone number
  3. Which times on Saturday 2nd November you can not make (between 9am – 1pm)
If you can’t make any times on Saturday 2nd November, please get in contact ASAP so we can arrange alternative dates.

Main Roles
  • FRANCIS HENSHALL: a scheming assistant who is employed by both Crabbe and Stubbers but doesn't want either to know about the other. Lead comedy role, onstage for the entire play, physical role, requires oodles of energy, charisma and confident interacting with the audience. (30s)
  • CHARLIE 'THE DUCK' CLENCH: a gangster (mid 50s)
  • PAULINE: Clench's daughter who is pretty but dim-witted (20s)
  • ALAN: a wannabe actor and Pauline's fiancé (20s)
  • DOLLY: Charlie's secretary with whom Francis begins a flirtation (30s)
  • HARRY DANGLE: Alan's father and Clench's crooked solicitor (mid 50s)
  • STANLEY STUBBERS: an upper-class criminal who is Rachel's lover and Roscoe's murderer (mid 20s)
  • RACHEL CRABBE: the twin sister of Roscoe Crabbe, a recently murdered gangster who was supposed to marry Pauline to settle a debt, Rachel disguises herself as Roscoe for most of the play (mid 20s)
  • LLOYD BOAETENG: a Jamaican ex-con, now runs a pub called The Cricketers’ Arms, friends with Charlie (50s)
Cameo Roles
  • GARETH: Head waiter at The Cricketers’ Arms
  • ALFIE: an 87-year-old waiter who is hard of hearing and nearly blind – very physical role.
  • Policemen, a nun, a vicar, a bartender, a driver, old woman and party goers. Smaller roles, some with lines, some without, looking for 2 – 4 people to play these roles, any age.

The Play

One Man, Two Guvnors is a fast-moving, physical comedy that has been skilfully adapted from the 18th century Italian play The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, which was written in the style of Commedia dell'arte. Richard Bean spent 6 years as a standup comedian in the north of England and combines much of this experience, with the Commedia dell’arte style, to create a hilarious comedy that combines incredibly witty dialogue with lots of knock-about physical comedy.

The Plot

One Man, Two Guvnors is a fast-paced, hilarious farce that follows the mixed fortunes of Francis Henshall.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’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.

One Man, Two Guvnors is a rollicking farce, which often breaks the fourth wall, as Francis enlists the aid of willing and unwilling audience members in his quest to serve two masters and finally get a good meal.