National Theatre Live Series: One Man, Two Guvnors
NationalTheatre broadcast live to Allentown Symphony Hall
Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 pm
By Richard Bean, Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni with songs by Grant Olding. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, Starring James Corden as Francis Henshall. Now appearing on Broadway.
In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. James Corden returns to the National for the first time since The History Boys to play Francis. 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 his sister 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.
‘The feelgood hit of the summer. An evening of riotous delight… I found myself physically incapable with laughter.’ Daily Telegraph
‘A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.’ Guardian
‘Slapstick, satire and gags galore: a classic comedy hilariously updated.’ The Times ‘One Man, Two Guvnors, one massive hit.' Independent
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