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.
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 Telecharge.com at (212)239-6200 / (800)432-7250 or online at www.Telecharge.com. 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 theatre includes originating the role of ‘Francis Henshall' in One Man, Two Guvnors at The National Theatre, The History Boys at The National Theatre, Broadway and international tour; A Respectable Wedding at the Young Vic; and Martin Guerre in the West End. TV includes The Brit Awards 2009 and 2011, A League of Their Own, James Corden's World Cup Live, Gavin and Stacey (BAFTA Award for Comedy Performance and British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer), Horne and Corden, Little Britain, Fat Friends, Cruise of the Gods, Dalziel and Pascoe, Judge John Deed, Jack and the Beanstalk, Teachers, Hollyoaks, Boyz Limited and The Vicar of Dibley. Films include 3 Musketeers, Gulliver's Travels, Lesbian Vampire Killers, Telstar, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Where Have I Been All Your Life, Pierrepoint, Starter for Ten, The History Boys, Heartlands, All or Nothing, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith and Twentyfourseven. He is co-creator and co-writer of Gavin and Stacey (BAFTA Award for Television Programme of the Year, British Comedy Award for Best New Scripted Comedy. Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, South Bank Show Award for Comedy, Tric Award for Best Comedy, National Television Award 2010 for Best Comedy) and Horne and Corden; he is also co-creator and co-writer of the forthcoming BBC series The Wrong Man.