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Award winning drama heading to Blackpool Grand Theatre in November.
Award winning drama heading to Blackpool Grand Theatre in November.
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The National Theatre’s West End and Broadway smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, is coming to Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Based on the 1743 Italian play Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, One Man, Two Guvnors replaces 18th century Italy with 1960s Brighton.

Written by Richard Bean and directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner this award-winning play has been hailed as “a glorious celebration of British comedy: a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.”

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 Rachel, posing as her own dead brother who ha 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

Richard Bean spent five years as a stand-up comedian before turning his hand to writing and joining BBC Radio’s Control Group Six. His plays include England People Very Nice for the National, Harvest which won the Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play and a new version of The Hypochondriac for the Almeida Theatre.

Sir Nicholas Hytner became Director of the National in 2003. For the National Theatre he has directed The History Boys, Henry V, His Dark Materials, The Alchemist, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet amongst many more. On screen he has directed The Crucible, The Madness of King George and The Object of My Affection along with the highly acclaimed The History Boys. He was knighted in the 2010 Honours for services to drama.

A sell-out on both the West End and Broadway One Man, Two Guvnors has been described in the national press as ‘one of the funniest plays in the National’s history’ and ‘one massive hit.’

Neil Thomson, the Grand Theatre’s CEO said: “I am highly delighted that the National Theatre are returning to The Grand.

“This is the first direct National Theatre tour since The History Boys in 2007 and it is fantastic that the National have recognised the Grand Theatre, and Blackpool, increasing its cultural and quality presence. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the show before it goes down under to Australia in 2013.”

One Man, Two Guvnors is at the Grand Theatre from Tuesday November 27 to Saturday December 1.

Tickets from £12 (before booking fee). Call the box office on (01253) 743339 or click on www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk, or visit the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.