THE comedy hit ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ will be broadcast to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis as part of the National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday celebrations.
Written by British playwright Richard Bean, the play is based on the Italian comedy ‘The Servant with Two Masters’ by Carlo Goldoni and features a Tony-award winning performance by James Corden, who gained a cult-like following after writing and starring in ‘Gavin and Stacey’.
In this British adaptation, which includes the odd littered skiffle-esque song, we follow Francis Henshall in 1960s Brighton, after Francis has been fired from his band and becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe to collect £6,000 from his fiancé’s dad.
Hilarity ensues as Roscoe is really Francis’ sister, Rachel, posing as her own dead brother who had been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers.
As he evades discovery in The Cricketers’ Arms, the eternally ravenous Francis spots the chance for an extra meal deal ticket and takes a second job with Stanley Stubbers, who is currently running from the police awaiting a reunion with his girlfriend, Rachel. To maintain his secret, Francis must ensure that his two ‘guvnors’ are kept apart.
The play premiered at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre in 2011, highly praised by critics, and went on to do a UK tour, before opening on Broadway the following year, with Corden reprising his role.
This encore screening of the National Theatre Live’s ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ will be held at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Thursday, September 26. The bar will open at 6pm for a 7pm screening.
Tickets cost £11 in advance, £13.50 on the door or £5 for under 18s with a 10 per cent discount for theatre members.
To book, call Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138 or visit the theatre website www.marinetheatre.com