The National Theatre staged Richard Bean’s hilarious adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters by the Italian playwright, Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) to rave reviews. The play replaces the Italian period setting of the original with Brighton in 1963.
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the uproarious One Man, Two Guvnors was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway.
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 fiancée’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.
James Corden studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior School, near High Wycombe. He admits that he had very little academic ambition from an early age and turned to acting as a career.
After great success in the U.K. with the hit show Gavin & Stacey, he found fame as a stage actor in 2011 in the acclaimed farce One Man, Two Guvnors, transferring with it from London to Broadway, thus beginning transatlantic success topped in 2015 when he became the host of CBS’ The Late, Late Show.
Five star reviews:
“James Corden is a hit”
– Sunday Times
“Forget your cares at the funniest show in town”
– Daily Telegraph
“A golden production”
– Evening Standard