Comedy hit at cinema

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Blackpool Odeon is to play host to James Corden leading the cast of the hit comedy One man, Two Guvners when it is broadcast to cinemas worldwide by National Theatre Live on Thursday, September 15

Nicholas Hytner’s ‘five star’ production opens the third season of NT Live cinema broadcasts prior to a UK tour and West End transfer.

James Corden, whose performance as Francis Henshall has been relished by critics and audiences alike, leads the cast of Richard Bean’s play, based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding.

It will be filmed live at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on September 15 and broadcast to over 100 screens in the UK, with hundreds more in Europe and worldwide (see for international dates).


In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. 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.

James Corden last appeared at the National Theatre in Nicholas Hytner’s original production of The History Boys, which transferred to Broadway, toured internationally and was adapted for the screen. Since then, his extensive TV work includes the multi award-winning Gavin and Stacey, Horne and Corden (both of which he co-wrote) and Fat Friends.