Derby Theatre announces production of One Man, Two Guvnors for autumn 2019


Derby Theatre is thrilled to announce that their big main house production for autumn 2019, presented in co-production with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, will be Richard Bean’s smash-hit comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors.

Directed by Sarah Brigham, this co-production of Bean’s hilarious farce will run at Derby Theatre from  Saturday 7 until Saturday 28 September before a run at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from Wednesday 2 until Saturday 19 October. One Man, Two Guvnors is the latest co-production between Derby Theatre and the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch following their highly acclaimed productions of Abigail’s Party and Abi in autumn 2018.

One Man, Two Guvnors is a side-splitting mix of physical comedy, farce and live music and has remained a huge hit with audiences and the press alike since the National Theatre’s production opened to rave reviews in 2011. The play continued to be a runaway success when it later toured the UK, played in the West End and on Broadway and later played Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand, plus further UK tours. 

After being fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall is skint and hungry. He manages to secure a new job as a minder for small time gangster Roscoe Crabbe. What Francis doesn’t know, is his new guvnor is really Roscoe’s sister Rachel in disguise as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

To further complicate things, Francis nabs a second job working for that very Stanley Stubbers who is hiding from the police.  All Francis has to do to ensure his two guvnors don’t meet. What could go wrong?

Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Derby Theatre and Director of One Man, Two Guvnors) said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be directing our version of Richard Bean’s phenomenally popular One Man, Two Guvnors this autumn and to continue our partnership with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. An absolute firm favourite of a production, that has proved immensely popular for years with audiences across the UK and overseas, I am confident that our audiences (and those in Hornchurch) will have a truly great night in our theatres this autumn seeing this superb slapstick comedy.” 

Douglas Rintoul (Artistic Director, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch) said:
“After our hugely successful co-productions of Abigail’s Party and Abi, we’re delighted to be partnering again with our friends at Derby Theatre. Derby Theatre is an innovative leader in British theatre, and so we’re thrilled the Theatre’s Artistic Director Sarah Brigham will be directing this major revival of this iconic British comedy. Hornchurch and Derby audiences are in for a truly riotously fun night out.”

BSL performances will be on Thursday 12 September at 7.30pm and Saturday 14 September at 2.30pm.
Audio Described performances will be on Wednesday 11 and Saturday 28 September at 2.30pm.
Dementia-Friendly performance on Wednesday 25 September at 2.30pm.


Super Priority Booking for One Man, Two Guvnors is now open to Special Friends and Best Friends as part of our new membership scheme. Members must login to book their seats.

Priority Booking opens to all other Friends on Wednesday 6 February. Tickets go on general sale to the public from Thursday 7 February.