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One Man, Two Guvnors

Adelphi Theatre

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James Corden stars in One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy of sex, food and money.

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James Corden stars in One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy of sex, food and money.

One Man, Two Guvnors follows Francis Henshall (Corden) who, when he is fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood in Brighton to collect £6000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Henshall spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with 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.

One Man, Two Guvnors premiered at the National Theatre, where it was hugely successful, winning a plethora of five-star reviews and being described as “the feelgood hit of the summer” (Daily Telegraph), “a triumph of visual and verbal comedy” (The Guardian) and “sheer joyous pandemonium” (The Sunday Telegraph).

Corden, who leads the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors, is best known for his screen outings as Smithy in the much-loved TV sitcom Gavin And Stacey, which the talented performer co-wrote with Ruth Jones. His stage credits include The History Boys, in which he performed at the National Theatre, on tour and on Broadway.

One Man, Two Guvnors is directed by Nicholas Hynter, the Director of the National Theatre, whose credits include Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys and The Habit Of Art.

For more about One Man, Two Guvnors at the Adelphi Theatre read the Big Interview with Daniel Rigby.



Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 08/11/2011

Opening Night: 21/11/2011

Closing Night: 25/02/2012

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


James Corden, Oliver Chris, Martyn Ellis, Trevor Laird, Claire Lams, Fred Ridgeway, Daniel Rigby, Jemima Rooper, Suzie Toase


Director - Nicholas Hytner

Designer - Mark Thompson

Choreographer - Adam Penford

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Sound - Paul Arditti

Author - Based on Carlo Goldoni ‘s The Servant Of Two Masters

Music By - Grant Olding

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