LLTV at the Theatre: One Ben, Two Eastenders

Liverpool Live TV’s Ben Osu catches up with the cast of the touring production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Ben talks to Shaun Williamson, Gavin Spokes and Emma Barton about what we can expect from their performances and which one can do the best scouse accent.

Directed by Nick Hytner and written by Richard Bean. Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding.

Gavin Spokes takes the central role of loveable chancer, Francis Henshall. Shaun Williamson (best known for playing Barry from Eastenders) will play Charlie Clench. Emma Barton (Honey in Eastenders)will play Dolly.

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

Shaun Williamson, who is probably best known for his role in Eastenders, has also made TV appearances in Extras and Life’s Too Short for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, New Tricks, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, and Bremner, Bird and Fortune. His stage work includes The Ladykillers for Fiery Angel.

Emma Barton is well known to TV viewers for her role as Honey Mitchell in Eastenders, a role she played for three years. Other Television credits include You, Me and Them and Spooks. 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.

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