Comedian Rufus House will play absent-minded oaf Frances Henshall in the West End's production of One Man, Two Guvnors. He will join the cast on February 4, 2013, having previously played the role in the show's current U.K. tour.
One Man, Two Guvnors, adapted by Richard Bean from the Italian classic Servant of Two Masters, is the story of Francis Henshall, who becomes minder to small-time hood Roscoe Crabbe. The gangster however is actually Roscoe’s sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis takes a second job with Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. Francis must keep his two guvnors apart to prevent discovery.
The Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors completed its run in September at the Music Box Theater, with star James Corden taking home the Tony Award for Best Actor in June. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the West End production runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
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