Hound at the Grand Opera House

Published Friday, 23 November 2012
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The comedian Rufus Hound has turned his hand to acting taking on a role in a smash hit play which has taken the West End and Broadway by storm.

Hound at the Grand Opera House
Rufus Hound, the comedian, on stage at the Grand Opera House. (© UTV)

He plays the leading role in One Man, Two Guvnors on stage at the Grand Opera House in Belfast this week.

His character Francis Henshall has been fired from his skiffle band. Penniless and starving he spots the chance of an extra meal ticket by offering his services as a minder to two 'guvnors' Roscoe Crabbe and Stanley Stubbers.

Hound told UTV that the play as "a classic farce" based on Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters.

"It is the complication that makes it funny, the longer it goes on the funnier it becomes. The headline really is that it's widely reviewed as the funniest show in the world, at the moment," he added.

The show has been tremendously successful for the original star James Corden. No pressure then about following in the popular actor and presenter's footsteps?

Hound admitted that it was "a big challenge because you don't want to do it and be rubbish.

"You don't want to, you can't do it and have everybody go 'I wish I had seen James Corden in that because that guy was just pointless.'"

The comic continued, saying that he'd watched Corden in the role.

"Well I saw James do it, and I thought that is an amazing job for a stand up because there is so much talking to the audience and direct address that I thought any stand-up that is worth their salt would kill to have a go at that.

"Cut to six months later, I was getting a phone call which was unbelievable really."

Although enjoying the challenge the stage brings, Hound says the rehearsals have been "endless" and acting is "incredibly tough."

"Every night everybody on the stage is working their backsides off because you can't slow down. Once the key is in the ignition, you have got the foot to the floor."

The play is on at the Grand Opera House, Belfast until Saturday.

© UTV News
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