One man, two guvnors - and a big hit

ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS by Bean,                      ,Author - Richard Bean, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Mark Thompson, Lighting - Mark Henderson, The National Theatre, Tour 2014, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS by Bean, ,Author - Richard Bean, Director - Nicholas Hytner, Designer - Mark Thompson, Lighting - Mark Henderson, The National Theatre, Tour 2014, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

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One man, two guvnors - and a surefire hit when the National Theatre’s award-winning comedy touches down at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, next week.

Based on Carlo Goldini’s classic Italian comedy ‘The Servant of Two Masters’, the play has been adapted by Hull-born Richard Bean and directed by Nicholas Hytner. The cast includes ‘EastEnders’ actor Shaun Williamson, Gavin Spokes, Jasmyn Banks and Emma Barton.

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ opened at the National Theatre in May 2011 and has been seen by more than one million people round the world.

Nicholas Hytner said: ‘In 2011, we had a very grim repertoire - it was serious with no laughs. This seemed like a bad idea, particularly during the summer months.

“I remembered an old play called The Servant ofTwo Masters, read it again and thought it had funny bones. I thought the way to bring it alive was to get James Corden to play the central role. He agreed and I asked the playwright Richard Bean to transfer it to post-war Brighton.”

The play has been described as a glorious celebration of British comedy. It runs from July 21 to 26. Call 01274 432000.