The Evening Standard report that the royal couple arrived in a black cab - believed to be owned by Prince Philip for private trips around the capital - just 10 minutes before the show was due to start. They then sat amongst regular theatregoers rather than occupy the royal box for an unannounced private trip to the theatre.
Joining Owain Arthur, who took over the leading role of Francis Henshall from James Corden, are former S Club 7 member Hannah Spearritt and I’d Do Anything winner Jodie Prenger. Other cast members include Gemma Whelan, Martin Barrass, David Benson, Nigel Betts, Derek Elroy, Gerard Horan, Daniel Ings, Matthew Woodyatt and Ben Mansfield.
Richard Bean's adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's classic 18th-century Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, relocated to Brighton in the 1960s, premiered on 25 May 2011 (previews from 17 May) at the NT Lyttelton, where it ran in rep until 19 September before touring to Aylesbury, Plymouth, Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh and transferring to the West End.
It opened on 21 November 2011 (previews from 8 November) at the West End's Adelphi Theatre, where it continues until 25 February 2012. The production, directed by NT artistic director Nicholas Hytner, currently co-stars Oliver Chris and Jemima Rooper as the two masters.
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