Funnyman Norman Pace to take leading role in smash-hit comedy coming to HMT

Funnyman Norman Pace to take leading role in smash-hit comedy coming to HMT

Hale and Pace comedian and actor Norman Pace is to take a leading role in the UK tour of the National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man,Two Guvnors coming to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen this October.

He’ll play Charlie Clench alongside Gavin Spokes in the central role of loveable chancer Francis Henshall with Emma Barton (famed for her role as Honey Mitchell in Eastenders) and Jasmyn Banks (Alice Braning in Eastenders).

Other cast members announced today include Alicia Davies, Michael Dylan, Derek Elroy, Edward Hancock and Patrick Warner.

Famed particularly for his comedy partnership with Gareth Hale and their long-running BBC comedy show, Norman is also a renowned actor and his recent stage credits include Charley’s Aunt, Dry Rot, Murder by Misadventure, The Secret Garden, Eurobeat Almost Eurovision and Chicago.

He takes over the role of Charlie Clench from former Eastenders star Saun Williamson on October 6.

Gavin is currently playing Parsons in the Almeida/Headlon production of 1984 which is just about to transfer to the West End and his previous National Theatre work includes the West End run of One Man,Two Guvnors and Jamie Lloyd’s production of She Stoops to Conquer and he played Hardy in Laurel and Hardy for the Watermill Theatre.

As well as playing Honey Mitchell in Eastenders for three years, Emma’s other television credits include You, Me and Them and Spooks, while her theatre work includes Doctor in the House (UK tour), Lily in Annie at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Roxie Hart in Chicago (West End and UK tour). She also played Peggy in The Secret Garden for the RSC.

Jasmyn’s other TV credits include Little Crackers, Sadie Jones and Life of Riley and her stagework includes Hecuba for Lazarus Theatre Company and Wind in the Willows for the RSC.

A glorious celebration of British comedy – a laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners – Nicholas Hytner’s five star production One Man, Two Guvnors tells the hilarious story of Francis Henshall who, fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, who is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with Stanley but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart.

Now seen by over a million people worldwide, this comedy will be touring the UK, coming to His Majesty’s Theatre on Monday, October 13 for a week-long run and tickets are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

The acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and has songs by Grant Olding, performed by The Craze.

The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.

Posted on Monday 17 March

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