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The National Theatre's ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS to Open on Broadway Apr 18

The National Theatre

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A comedy by Richard Bean, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters

Songs by Grant Olding

With the National Theatre company led by James Corden

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

To open at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway
April 18, 2012

Bob Boyett announces the National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, a comedy by Richard Bean, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, with songs by Grant Olding, directed by Nicholas Hytner, will open at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) on Broadway on April 18, 2012.  Preview performances will begin Friday, April 6, 2012.

James Corden will lead the National Theatre company on Broadway.

{module ad_left_body}UK critics have called ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS ‘one of the funniest productions in the National’s history’ (The Guardian), ‘deliriously daft and diabolically joke stuffed entertainment’ (The Independent), ‘pure comic bliss.’ (Evening Standard) and ‘James Corden gives a comic tour de force, the like of which hasn’t been seen in London for years.’ (Daily Mail).

The Broadway production follows a sold-out run that opened at the National Theatre in May; a UK tour; and, a 16-week run in London’s West End that began November 8, 2011.

James Corden is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.  The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

In ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, Corden stars as “Francis Henshall” (“ONE MAN”).  Always-famished and easily-confused, Henshall agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding (“TWO GUVNORS”), both of whom are linked in a tangled web of schemes and romantic associations... none of which Francis can keep straight. So he has to do everything in his power to keep his two guvnors from meeting while trying to eat anything in sight along the way. Simple. 

Falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers, cross-dressing mobsters and a fabulous on-stage band are just some of what awaits at the most “deliriously funny” (The Daily Telegraph) new play to cross the pond in decades.

The creative team for ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS includes Mark Thompson (set & costumes), Cal McCrystal (Physical Comedy Director), Mark Henderson (lights) & Paul Arditti (sound).

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS will be produced on Broadway by Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.


Tickets will be available to the general public beginning December 20, 2011 by calling at (212)239-6200 / (800)432-7250 or online at  Ticket prices range from $26.50-126.50.

Beginning April 6, the performance schedule will be Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday & Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3PM.  Beginning April 24, the performance schedule will be Tuesday evenings at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday & Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3PM. 


JAMES CORDEN (Francis Henshall).  James Corden’s work in theatreincludes originating the role of ‘Francis Henshall’ in One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, The History Boys at theNational Theatre, Broadway andinternational tour; A RespectableWedding at the Young Vic; andMartin Guerre in the West End.TVincludes The Brit Awards 2009and 2011, A League of Their Own,James Corden’s World Cup Live,Gavin and Stacey (BAFTA Awardfor Comedy Performance andBritish Comedy Award for BestNewcomer), Horne and Corden,Little Britain, Fat Friends, Cruiseof the Gods, Dalziel and Pascoe,Judge John Deed, Jack and theBeanstalk, Teachers, Hollyoaks,Boyz Limited and The Vicarof Dibley. Filmsinclude3 Musketeers, Gulliver’s Travels, Lesbian Vampire Killers, Telstar,How to Lose Friends and AlienatePeople, Where Have I Been All YourLife, Pierrepoint, Starter for Ten,The History Boys, Heartlands, Allor Nothing, Whatever Happened toHarold Smith and Twentyfourseven.He is co-creator and co-writer ofGavin and Stacey (BAFTA Awardfor Television Programme of theYear, British Comedy Award forBest New Scripted Comedy.Writers Guild of Great BritainAward for Comedy Writer of theYear, South Bank Show Award forComedy, Tric Award for BestComedy, National Television Award2010 for Best Comedy) and Horneand Corden; he is also co-creatorand co-writer of the forthcomingBBC series The Wrong Man.

RICHARD BEAN (Playwright).  Richard Bean’s plays include England People Very Nice for the National The Heretic, Harvest (winner of the 2006 Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play), Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court and The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour.  He adapted David Mamet’s House of Games and wrote a new version of The Hypochondriac for the Almeida Theatre.

NICHOLAS HYTNER (Director).  Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner’s productions have included Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet and One Man, Two Guvnors.

NATIONAL THEATRE.  The National Theatre, founded in 1963, and established on the South Bank of the River Thames in London in 1976, has three theatres – the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe. It presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory (sharing the stages) at any one time. Actors often appear in more than one play during a season or return to the National regularly. The National aims constantly to re-energise the great traditions of the British stage and to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike, and aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of the nation’s culture. With its extensive programme of Platform performances, backstage tours, foyer music, exhibitions, and free outdoor entertainment the National recognises that the theatre doesn’t begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain.  By touring – and now, National Theatre Live - it shares its work with audiences in the UK and abroad. 

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