Riotous rock ‘n’ roll comedy

Darren Pratt as Francis Henshall with (from left) co-stars Emma Marshall, Millie Wardle and Hannah Burt
Darren Pratt as Francis Henshall with (from left) co-stars Emma Marshall, Millie Wardle and Hannah Burt

A show that made James Corden a big star in America is coming to Rugby Theatre.

One Man Two Guvnors opens at the Henry Street venue on Saturday for a seven-show run.

It’s one of the first times the riotous, award-winning comedy has been performed by an amateur group in the UK.

Show director Robert Sloan said: “It’s wonderful piece of work – part panto, part slapstick, part musical, with a large helping of farce, and with a wonderful energy that has kept us all on our toes all the way through rehearsals.

“It was an award-winner in 2011 at the National Theatre and in the West End starring the brilliant James Corden, and he then took it to Broadway where it was also a runaway success.”

Darren Pratt, last seen as Edna Turnblad in last year’s blockbuster musical Hairspray, will be stepping into the big shoes formerly occupied by Corden on the West End and Broadway.

He’s joined by – among others – Simon Burne as Charlie Clench, Mark Baird as Stanley Stubbers, and Emma Marshall as Pauline Clench.

Robert said: “We’ve brought in a fight coach to help us with some of the more physical elements of the show, and we have well-known local band The Rattletones on stage with the cast to provide a lovely 1960s vibe.

“They are well known in Rugby for playing fabulous rock ‘n’ roll music – as well as claiming the title of The Naughtiest Outfit in Town!

“It’s been a real joy, as well as a massive challenge, putting it all together, and we’re all really looking forward to getting out there in front of an audience.”

To book call the box office on 01788 541234, or visit www.rugbytheatre.co.uk.