One Man, Two Guvnors


“Give yourself over to laughing right out loud in the presence of others. It’s undignified, but what can you do?”

– LIZ NICHOLLS, EDMONTON JOURNAL

“When was the last time you laughed so hard tears came to your eyes?”

– COLIN MacLEAN, EDMONTON SUN

“Lord, this is one great screwball comedy…Go. You cannot possibly be disappointed.”

– GRAHAM HICKS, HICKSBIZ BLOG

 “…(a) grand parade of joyful irreverence…”

– PAUL BLINOV, VUE MAGAZINE

This British farce takes no prisoners in a madcap tale of a man who is hired by two different criminals and then must desperately keep each from learning of the other.  This play is a marvelous concoction of satire, songs, slapstick humour, and glittering one-liners, carried by a plot with more twists and turns than a ride at the midway.

The hilarity and sheer nonsense that is built into One Man, Two Guvnors from beginning to end – especially in the hands of director Bob Baker (Make Mine LoveMonty Python’s Spamalot) – is bringing down the house every night between now and November 16th.

A variation of this play has been tickling funny bones for about 270 years, ever since Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni wrote his comedy Servant of Two Masters. English playwright Richard Bean took a few liberties with Goldoni’s work, setting his play in Brighton in the 1960s.

The play’s hapless hero Francis Henshall is fired from his skiffle band (akin to a jug band). In need of employment, Francis becomes minder to a gangland thug, Roscoe Crabbe–or so he thinks. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her dead brother, who in fact has been killed by her boyfriend, the upper-class and casually violent Stanley Stubbers. Of course, Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and also takes a job with Stubbers but, to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple enough?

One Man, Two Guvnors has been a hit since it opened at London’s National Theatre in 2011. Since then it’s toured the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and opened on Broadway in 2012. The Daily Mail called the play “the funniest show in the Western World.”

By the way, a skiffle band known as The Craze is quite an important part of this show. We are pleased to note that popular Edmonton group The Be Arthurs channels The Craze in our production.

Check out our promotional trailer for One Man, Two Guvnors!

Scenes from One Man, Two Guvnors and Conversations with Members of the Citadel Theatre’s hilarious cast:

October 25 - November 16, 2014 - Shoctor Theatre

Written by Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini
Songs by Grant Olding
Directed by Bob Baker

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Recommended for ages 12+
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ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – ENRICHMENT GUIDE

Cast and Creative Team

CAST

JOHN ULLYATT…………………………………Francis Henshall

LISA NORTON………………………………….Rachel Crabbe

JULIEN ARNOLD……………………………….Charlie ‘The Duck’ Clench

ANDREW MACDONALD-SMITH…………Alfie

ORVILLE CHARLES CAMERON………….Lloyd Boateng

MAT BUSBY……………………………………Gareth

GLENN NELSON……………………………….Harry

LOUISE LAMBERT……………………………..Dolly

COLE HUMENY………………………………….Alan

JILL AGOPSOWICZ……………………………..Pauline

JESSE GERVAIS…………………………………Stanley

THE BE ARTHURS……………………………..The Craze

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Director……………………………………………….BOB BAKER

Set/Costume Designer………………………..CORY SINCENNES

Lighting Designer………………………………..MICHAEL WALTON

Sound Designer………………………………….MICHAEL LAIRD

Stage Manager……………………………………MICHELLE CHAN

Assistant Stage Manager…………………….SANG-SANG LEE

Apprentice Stage Manager………………….JOAN WYATT

 

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JOHN ULLYATT  (Francis Henshall)

John is an accomplished member of Edmonton’s professional acting community who has performed many times at the Citadel Theatre. This past season, he appeared as Broadway matinee idol Hale Lane in Make Mine Love and also as the alcoholic elder son Jamie Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. He also has played Sir Lancelot in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Dr. Madden in Next to Normal (a co-production with Theatre Calgary), and was nominated for a Sterling Award for his performance as Elyot Chase in Private Lives. He has appeared in such other memorable Citadel productions such as Death of a Salesman, The Rocky Horror Show, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Carol, The Drowsy Chaperone (a co-production with the National Arts Centre), The Wizard of Oz, Doubt, a parable, Cabaret, The Pillowman, I Am My Own Wife, Stones in His Pockets and The Mystery of Irma Vep. He has performed at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, playing Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Duke of Cornwall in King Lear. John is a founding member of Firefly Theatre, Edmonton’s unique circus theatre, where he created and performed in such works as Duck Duck Bang, Primordial Blues and, most recently, Craniatrium: An Aerial Theatre Spectacle. He is also a notable street artist who has performed at the Street Performance World Championships in Dublin, The Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, Waterloo Arts Festival, Canada Day in London, England, Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, the Winter City Festival in Toronto and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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LISA NORTON (Rachel Crabbe)

Lisa is quickly establishing herself with Citadel audiences, appearing this past season as Cathleen in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, in several roles in Make Mine Love, and performing as Odysseus the previous season in The Penelopiad. She has played stages across Canada, including The Arts Club (Vancouver), Theatre Calgary, The Globe (Regina), Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton), Odyssey Theatre (Ottawa) and Thousand Islands Playhouse; and has toured throughout the U.S. with Roseneath Theatre. At home in Toronto, she’s had the pleasure of working with, among others, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, The Tarragon, Theatre Columbus and Mirvish Productions. Lisa premiered new work at the Blyth Festival for three seasons and was a member of the Shaw Festival acting company for five seasons, performing in eleven shows including Picnic, Widowers’ Houses, Hay Fever, and Man and Superman. Her voice can be heard in numerous ads and cartoons, including The Doozers; The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog; Willa’s Wild Life and Detentionnaire. Her recent television appearances include Murdoch Mysteries; Fringe; Rookie Blue; Magic Beyond Words:The JK Rowling Story; and the role of Edith in the hit WWII series Bomb Girls.

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ANDREW MACDONALD-SMITH  (Alfie)

Actor, singer and puppeteer, Andrew MacDonald-Smith is having a great year, winning a 2014 Sterling Award for his portrayal of the charming chimney sweep Bert in Disney’s Mary Poppins at the Citadel. He also was part of the ensemble of Avenue Q that recently received a Jesse Award in Vancouver and he was nominated for a 2014 Ovation Award (Vancouver-area musical theatre awards), also for his Avenue Q performance. Previously at the Citadel, Andrew appeared in The Pillowman. Other selected roles include Whiplash Weekend, Pith!, Angels on Horseback, The Hoof and Mouth Advantage, The Scent of Compulsion,  The Infinite Shiver (co-writer), Witness to a Conga, Everybody Goes to Mitzi’s, Mother of the Year, and A Rocky Night for His Nibs (Teatro la Quindicina);  Avenue Q (The Arts Club, Vancouver); The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, and H.M.S. Pinafore (Edmonton Opera); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Footloose and The Wizard of Oz (Mayfield); The Liars (Shadow Theatre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Calgary); and The Mystery of Edwin Drood ( Vertigo Theatre). Film and TV credits include Tiny Plastic Men and The Man That Got Away. Andrew received Sterling Award nominations for his roles in Pith!, Witness to a Conga, and The Liars.

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JULIEN ARNOLD (Charlie ‘The Duck’ Clench)

Julien has been acting, directing, and teaching professionally in Edmonton for over 25 years. The award-winning actor has performed in most of the city’s theatres, including numerous appearances at the Citadel, among them Make Mine Love, A Christmas Carol, Monty Python’s SpamalotA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast and The Drowsy Chaperone.

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ORVILLE CHARLES CAMERON (Lloyd Boateng)

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GLENN NELSON (Harry)

Glenn’s Citadel credits include Death of a Salesman, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Equus and The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. Some past favorites here have included Amadeus, King Lear, 1984 and To Kill A Mockingbird. Other theatre credits in Edmonton include Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and Comedy of Errors for Freewill Players; Henry IV Part 1, The Odd Couple, Uncle Vanya, Fly Fishers Companion, Sexy Laundry, Harvest  and most recently Little Elephants for Shadow Theatre; My One and Only for Workshop West; Metastasis for Northern Light Theatre and Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Rumors, Gypsy, and The Reluctant Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes for the Mayfield Theatre.

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LOUISE LAMBERT (Dolly)

Last season’s Romeo and Juliet was Louise’s Citadel debut.   Selected theatre credits include Dracula, The Hart Tree (O’Leary Theatre);  Let’s Do Long Form (The Baltimore House);  The Wind In The Willows (Hart House Theatre);  Second City Improv (John Candy Box Theatre);  and  All’s Well That Ends Well, Pride and Prejudice, Peer Gynt, and The Imaginary Invalid (George Brown Theatre). Television credits include Train 48 (Global), Werewolves the Dark Survivors, Mug Shot, and CBC’s Triple Sensation.  Louise is from Toronto and has made Edmonton her home with her partner Teo. She is incredibly excited to become a part of Edmonton’s fantastic theatre scene.  Louise is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School, Second City Improv Training Centre and the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program.

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COLE HUMENY (Alan)

Cole is an Edmonton based performer. He made his Citadel Theatre debut during the 2012/2013 season in A Few Good Men. Favourite theatre credits include One with Ghost River Theatre; Ride, The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, and Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen with Northern Light Theatre; Peter Pan with the Globe Theatre; Shatter with The Maggie Tree, and ManDance, a co-created physical theatre piece performed at a number of theatre festivals in Alberta. Cole is a graduate of MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program and the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program.  Next up you can catch Cole in Jason Chinn’s The Murderer’s Confess at Christmastime, a Serial Collective production as part of Theatre Network’s Roxy Performance Series.

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JILL AGOPSOWICZ  (Pauline)

Jill is an Edmonton born actress, currently residing in Toronto. Since graduating from Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Jill starred in Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary, for which she was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Other credits include HAIR (Bathurst Street Theatre), Provenance (Annex Theatre) and [title of show] at the Edmonton Fringe. Jill was also a member of the Citadel Theatre Young Musical Company in 2010, as well as the Foote Theatre School Young Musical Company.

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JESSE GERVAIS  (Stanley)

Jesse Gervais is an Edmonton-based actor, dancer, street performer and voice-over artist. Previously at the Citadel, Jesse appeared in A Christmas Carol and Measure for Measure. Selected acting credits include: Little One, Buddy (Theatre Network); and 6.0 How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won (Northern Light Theatre). Jesse has performed in ATPN’s sketch comedy series Caution: May Contain Nuts; Bite TV’s E-Town, and appears as Jesse in Tiny Plastic Men on Super Channel. He has lent his voice to videogame characters in Bioware’s Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Neverwinter Nights. Jesse has received Sterling Awards for acting in The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide (Northern Light Theatre) and Let the Light of Day Through (Theatre Network) and was nominated for his role in Buddy (Theatre Network). Jesse has a BFA in Acting from the U of A. Namaste.

 

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THE BE ARTHURS  (The Craze)

The Be Arthurs are an immensely popular and Edmonton based tiny instrument band made up of Ryan Parker, Robert Rasko, Sheldon Elter and Scott Shpeley.

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BOB BAKER, Director

Bob Baker is an award-winning director who has directed productions in major theatres across Canada as well as in the United States and Great Britain. The 2014/15 season marks Bob’s 15th season as Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre. In his long career as a director, Bob has won a Dora Award (Toronto) for directing B-Movie, The Play and has received four Dora Award nominations for Outstanding Direction. He also has received three Sterling Awards here in Edmonton for Best Director. He has directed around the world in such places as the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival, The Cleveland Playhouse, Boston’s Wilburn Theatre, the National Art Centre in Ottawa, as well as the Shaw Festival and Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. He also previously has served as Artistic Director of the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto. Director credits at the Citadel include Into the Woods; Popcorn; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Little Shop of Horrors; A Christmas Carol (now also in its 15th year); Cabaret; “Art”; Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and The Actor’s Nightmare; Servant of Two Masters; Who Has Seen the Wind; Present Laughter; The Shape of Things; Grease; Measure for Measure; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; West Side Story; the World Premiere of Vanya; Blithe Spirit; the World Premiere of Peter Pan; The Pillowman; The Constant Wife; Oliver!; Noises Off; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; Pride and Prejudice; The Wizard of Oz; Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; the World Premiere of The Three Musketeers, Little Women: The Musical, Death of a Salesman, The Sound of Music, Private Lives, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and the World Premiere of Make Mine Love.

Previews and Reviews

OPENING NIGHT REVIEW: Edmonton Journal: Liz Nicholls: CITADEL’S ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS A GIDDY TRIUMPH

OPENING NIGHT REVIEW: Edmonton Sun: Colin MacLean: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS HILARIOUSLY BRILLIANT

REVIEW: HicksBiz Blog: Graham Hicks: THE CITADEL’S ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS: IS IT HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO LAUGH THIS HARD?

REVIEW: VUE Magazine: Paul Blinov: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

PREVIEW: Edmonton Journal: Citadel goes local with One Man, Two Guvnors

PREVIEW: Edmonton Metro newspaper: feature article on One Man, Two Guvnors star John Ullyatt

PREVIEW: VUE Magazine: Fawlty Powers

 

“The most glorious comedy on the planet.”  Daily Mail

“A triumph of visual and verbal comedy.” The Guardian

“Comic perfection.”   Daily Telegraph

 “…British slapstick comedy at its best…”  Birmingham Mail

 “…splendidly silly…ideal escapism for anxious times.”  New York Times

“…the hoot of the season…I dare you to see it and not laugh out loud, a lot.”  Philadelphia Inquirer

After proving a smash hit in London, One Man, Two Guvnors eventually moved across the pond to Broadway. Just two days after a triumphant opening in New York in April, 2012, playwright Richard Bean, National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner and actor James Corden appeared on the PBS television program “Theater Talk” to discuss the origins of the play and its formula for success.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS INTERVIEWS ON “THEATER TALK”

 

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