Interview: Owain Arthur, One Man, Two Guvnors
Welsh star of comedy hit One Man Two Guvnors Owain Arthur chats to Mark Rees about walking in James Corden's footsteps as the show heads to Cardiff.
"Think Carry On meets Fawlty Towers," says Owain Arthur when describing West End smash comedy One Man Two Guvnors.
"It's a slapstick, it's farce. Its based in the 1960s, and its full of silly, good old-fashioned, British humour."
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Owain, a proud Welshman, stars as minder Francis Henshall, a role made famous in the West End following award-winning performances from James Corden.
But Owain says that he is relishing following in the Gavin & Stacey actor's footsteps, describing it as a fantastic, yet terrifying, experience.
"He's a great character" says Owain of James, who he has since become good friends with. "He'd set the bar so high, I knew I had to step up."
The role has also brought a lot of extra exposure to the relative novice. "It's a role that opens doors. Its taken James to Broadway, and put him on the map. And for a guy like me who wasn't known for being in Gavin and Stacey beforehand, its raised my profile even more!"
Owain believes that the show, adapted from The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, will appeal to a different kind of audience. "If you don't like the theatre normally, you will love this. I kid you not! People enjoy it so much, they come back a second time, and bring their entire family!" he says.
Born and raised in North Wales, Owain is now looking forward to visiting the capital, a city close to his heart. "I love it, I feel as if I'm coming home. I like to go out on the town, and go to the Millennium Stadium.
In fact, international rugby is something that Owain is keen on catching - even when performing. "I've go a laptop in my dressing room, which I use for watching rugby!"
One Man, Two Guvnors will be at the Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday 22 - Saturday 26 January