NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: One Man, Two Guvnors
***** Daily Express, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent, Sunday Express, Sunday Times, The Sun
**** Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Times, Time Out
'The feel good 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
'One Man, Two Guvnors, one massive hit.' Independent
'An instant National Theatre hit. Terrifically bouncy and often howlingly funny.' Independent on Sunday
'Packed with brilliantly original lines. 'A surefire hit.' Evening Standard
'Sheer, joyous pandemonium. The moments of slapstick are so perfect, they're choreographically beautiful as well as funny.' Sunday Times
'The single funniest production I've ever seen.' Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4
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.
Rachel: Are you seriously suggesting that we men, are, day to day, moment to moment, making thousands of small tactical decisions, the cumulative effect of which is to reduce the time between leg-overs?
Francis: I can't speak for you guv, but that is a fair description of my life.
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.
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