by Arthur Wing Pinero
Starring John Lithgow
Directed by Timothy Sheader
Screening: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 February*
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Running time: Approximately 3 hours (including interval)
In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash-hit comedies, She Stoops to Conquer, London Assurance and One Man, Two Guvnors, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences around the world doubled up with laughter.
Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun) takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce, directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You and Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London).
Daily Mail, Evening Standard, The Times, Time Out, Sunday Express
‘A Victorian corker of a show.’ Daily Mail
‘John Lithgow is priceless.’ The Times
‘A comedy treat that’s as crisp, ripe and funny as One Man, Two Guvnors.’ Sunday Express
‘The marvellous Nancy Carroll.’ Daily Mail
‘Joshua McGuire is excellent, full of wicked glee.’ Time Out.
‘John Lithgow’s long-legged Posket is wonderfully funny.’ Independent on Sunday
‘John Lithgow is excellent…while Nancy Carroll dazzles as his spirited wife.’ Metro
A lady tells a white lie about her age and suddenly a whole family is embroiled in a night of misunderstandings, hair-raising discoveries and frantic escapes from the law.
John Lithgow plays the respectable Victorian husband, stepfather and magistrate, whose life gets turned on its head in this year’s festive treat from the National Theatre. He is joined by Nancy Carroll, returning to the NT following her Olivier award-winning performance in After the Dance.
Expect laughs and revelations in The Magistrate, a comic masterpiece by one of Victorian London’s favourite playwrights Arthur Wing Pinero. The sets and costumes bring illustrations of the era brilliantly to life, as well as new songs, written specially for this production by Richard Stilgoe and Richard Sisson.
The Magistrate is the perfect night out, whatever your age. Even if you’re not always entirely honest about it…
James Corden, star of National Theatre Live hit
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
Wins Leading Actor Tony Award
Corden wins in Leading Actor category which included
Hollywood heavyweights Phillip Seymour Hoffman,
John Lithgow, Frank Langella and James Earl Jones
See James Corden in his Tony Award-winning leading role when
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS returns to cinemas for encore screenings
July 7 & 8 as part of National Theatre Live
The 66th Tony Awards were held on Sunday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York to celebrate excellence in Broadway theatre. James Corden (star of TV’s Gavin & Stacey) received the Tony Award for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his leading role in One Man, Two Guvnors.
From the Telegraph (UK):
The British comedian’s victory was one of the biggest surprises of the evening as he beat a host of Hollywood heavyweights to the best leading actor in a drama prize.
The 33-year-old could not hide his shock as he received the award for his performance in the hit National Theatre show One Man, Two Guvnors.
Fighting back tears, Corden paid an emotional tribute to his girlfriend Julia, telling the audience he was “overwhelmed” at the honour.
He said it was a great honour to be mentioned in the same breath as actors such as James Earl Jones, Frank Langella, John Lithgow and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Corden said: “To be on a list with you was enough and holding this, it honestly just reminds me that there is no such thing as best. Honestly, I am overwhelmed.’
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS returns to select cinemas on July 7 & 8, visit www.ntlive.info
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
ABOUT THE PLAY
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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