National Theatre Live (NT Live), which the Royal National Theatre first unveiled in 2009, is a program that films the most popular plays of England and the United States and playing it at performance theatres and movie theaters around the world. In Korea, the National Theatre of Korea introduced this for the first time in March 2014 and screened a total of 18 works to this day. For the three performances scheduled for February, audiences can choose from comedy, economics and history, and best sellers of England and the US. ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ and ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ which were selected as the plays to show in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Royal National Theatre NT Live, were introduced for the first time in Korea and it will also show the ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,’ which was selected as the number one play that the audiences of the NT Live wanted to see again from the survey conducted in March 2019.
“A Must Watch!” Laughter-packed comedy recommended by James Corden
‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ was produced by Nicholas Hytner and premiered at the Royal National Theatre in England in 2011. It was successful both at West End and Broadway, making it a proven comedic play. It is based on the comedy released by the Italian writer Carlo Goldoni in 1745 and Richard Bean was in charge of the playwright changing the setting to Brighton, England of 1963. This work maintains the features of commedia dell’arte such as typical characters and fast-paced movements and dialog. James Corden, the host of the popular talk show, ‘The Late Late Show’ of CBS in the US, played the main character for which he won the Tony Award in 2012.
‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ starts with Francis, a bodyguard who loves to eat, taking on two jobs by being hired by two different employers so that he could eat more. Francis finds out a secret that his two employers must not meet each other and for such reason, he does everything he can so that those two do not encounter with each other. The fast-paced dialog, slapstick comedy, and band musics from the 1960s are mashed into a pleasant play. The Daily Mail called it “the funniest play in the world” and The Times called it a “killing funny comedy,” and it contains the epitome of comedy.
The funniest show on the planet. - Daily Mail
Wildly funny comedy. - The Times
Coming to theater to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday, One Man, Two Guvnors was originally broadcast in 2011. This riotous comedy was a hit in both the West End and on Broadway, and it features a Tony Award-winning performance from the host of 'The Late Late Show', James Corden, as Francis Henshall. Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe and Stanley Stubbers. But as two men employed him at the same time, things get complicated and out of control. Francis struggles to keep Roscoe and Stanley from meeting each other, but will his impossible operation succeed?
Production / National Theatre
Director / Nicholas Hytner
Original / Carlo Goldoni
Writer / Richard Bean
Cast / James Corden
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