Jodie set for home return...

HELLO DOLLY: Jodie Prenger is set to transfer her role of Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors to Blackpool for a week.
HELLO DOLLY: Jodie Prenger is set to transfer her role of Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors to Blackpool for a week.
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Blackpool’s Jodie Prenger is returning to the Grand Theatre in the award winning play One Man, Two Guvnors.

Currently starring as Dolly in the hit West End production of the play, Jodie will be taking one week out to appear on its tour when it arrives for a week from November 27.

Based on the 1743 Italian play Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, One Man, Two Guvnors replaces Italy and the 200 year-old time-period with 1960s Brighton.

Written by Richard Bean and directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner this award-winning play is a laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and one-liners.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancee’s dad… but Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother…who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel.

To prevent discovery Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

Sex, food and money are high on the agenda. Throw in a doddery butler, a spectacularly unintelligent mobster’s daughter and a faux-existentialist actor and it’s a recipe for disaster...or laughter.

Blackpool born Jodie landed the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver!

Jodie now regularly covers for Elaine Paige and Paul O’Grady on BBC Radio 2. Other radio appearances include co-hosting Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show, The Olivier Awards 2010 and Children in Need 2009.

Her concert appearances for BBC Radio 2 include Thank You for the Music, The Friday Night Is Music Night James Bond Special and The Andrew Lloyd Webber 60th Birthday Party.

Jodie was last seen on the Grand stage as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. She is currently playing Dolly in One Man Two Guvnors in the West End but will transfer the role in her hometown for just one week.

A sell-out in the West End and on Broadway , it won the Evening Standard Best Play Award for 2011 and the UK Critics Circle Award for Best New Play in January 2012.

Neil Thomson, the Grand Theatre’s CEO said: “I am highly delighted that the National Theatre are returning to The Grand with this production.

“This is the first direct National Theatre tour since The History Boys in 2007 and it is fantastic that the National have recognised the Grand Theatre and Blackpool, increasing its cultural and quality presence. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the show before it goes down under to Australia in 2013.”

One Man, Two Guvnors is at the Grand Theatre from Tuesday November 27 to Saturday December 1. Tickets from £12 to £27.

To book call the box office on (01253) 743339 or click on www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or visit the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.