Sharmill Films

National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors

by Richard Bean

based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni with songs by Grant Olding

Starring James Corden (TV’s Gavin & Stacey). Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Strictly limited season: SAT OCTOBER 8 and SUN OCTOBER 9 at 1pm
(Additional screenings at select cinemas)

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5 STARS Daily Express, Guardian, Sunday Times, Independent

4 STARS Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Times, Time Out

‘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


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.

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.


Gareth – David Benson
Stanley Stubbers – Oliver Chris
Ensemble – Polly Conway
Francis Henshall -James Corden
Ensemble – Jolyon Dixon
Alfie – Tom Edden
Doctor – Martyn Ellis
Ensemble – Derek Elroy
Lloyd Boateng – Trevor Laird
Pauline Clench – Claire Lams
Ensemble – Paul Lancaster
Ensemble – Fergus March
Ensemble – Gareth Mason
Charlie Clench – Fred Ridgeway
Alan – Daniel Rigby
Rachel Crabbe – Jemima Rooper
Ensemble – Clare Thomson
Dolly – Suzie Toase


Director – Nicholas Hytner
Associate Director – Cal McCrystal
Designer – Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer – Mark Henderson
Music – Grant Olding
Sound Designer – Paul Arditti
Fight Director – Kate Waters



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