One Man, Two Guvnors at the New Wolsey Theatre

A new production of the multi-award-winning ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, which launched James Corden’s career into the stratosphere, will premiere at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich from Thursday 5 September to Saturday 28 September before performances at Nuffield Southampton Theatres from Tuesday 1 October to Saturday 12 October 2019.

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, in association with Nuffield Southampton Theatres, presents a hilarious new production of Richard Bean’s riotous farce, based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, directed by acclaimed New Wolsey Theatre Artistic Director Pete Rowe, whose recent adaptation of ONCE, the musical received six nominations in the Off West End Theatre Awards.

Set in the colourful underworld of Brighton in the swinging sixties, with songs by Grant Olding, this high-octane physical and verbal comedy, guarantees to provide audiences with a belly-aching, side-splitting, night at the theatre, and the talented production team with another hit version of the show.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS brings together a host of experienced performers from the worlds of theatre, television and music. John Elkington (Coronation Street) plays Charlie “the Duck” Clench; Matt Devitt (Return to the Forbidden Planet and BBC’s Red Dwarf) is Harry Dangle; Elizabeth Rowe (New Wolsey pantomimes and Made in Dagenham); George Maguire (20th Century Boy); Tori Allen Martin (singer/song-writer, producer, actor and writer, recently working with Idris Elba on his album Mi Mandela); Philip Tomlin plays Francis Henshall, having previously performed in Two Gentleman of Verona, directed by Ipswich-born Sir Trevor Nunn (Andrew Lloyd Weber Foundation Theatre); Marcus Adolphy (The Suicide at The National Theatre and Backseat Drivers at The London Theatre) plays Lloyd Boateng; Josie Dunn (recent New Wolsey’s sell-out production of Our Blue Heaven and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, National Theatre Live) plus Lloyd Gorman, Luke Barton and Richard Leeming.

The creative team is comprised of New Wolsey regular contributors, including set and costume design by Libby Watson (Once, New Wolsey Theatre), with physical comedy direction from Ian Nicholson, who was Associate Director on Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ The Audience and Billionaire Boy The Musical, and fight direction by Bret Yount.

From Tuesday 10 September, every performance of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS will be Audio Described via a headset. On Thursday 26 September at 1.30pm, the New Wolsey Theatre will present a Dementia Friendly and Relaxed Performance, where the environment is adjusted for those requiring a more relaxed atmosphere when attending the theatre, or need additional support.  Saturday 21 September at 2:30pm and Friday 27 September at 7:45pm will be British Sign Language Interpreted and Captioned performances.

Tickets are on sale now: Call the New Wolsey Theatre Box Office on 01473 295900 or visit