|Booking From:||Friday, 28th February 2014|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 1st March 2014|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Age Restriction:||Suitable for ages 14+|
I cannot understand why this play has reaped such rapturous praise. Sure it's slickly done, and occasionally quite funny. But much of the time the jokes are weedy and predictable, and the farce is very limp. Schoolboy stuff (e.g. the farting bit). I was terribly disappointed
Best play i have ever seen, its a must see play!!!
Absolutely brilliant! Wonderfully funny a great night out. Just what the doctor ordered!! Be prepared to cry with laughter!!
It was just wondefully funny, and also so beautifully done. Farce is not easy unless there are excellent actors - and this production had the excellent actors as required. Corden was superb and he had a wonderful talented cast, just as good as he was in their minor parts - the elderly waiter for example.
I was really pleased to have an interval so that I could let my face and jaw recover from the aches of laughing. I'm disappointed that I can't buy tickets for my son, not even on the tour circuit!
Having had a bit of a slow start to the spring season, the National Theatre has all of a sudden come alive again with a set of three fantastic pieces of theatre - Howard Davies directs a robust and brilliant new version of The Cherry Orchard starring Zoe Wanamaker in the Olivier theatre, new musical London Road directed by Rufus Norris has already announced it will extend its stay in the Cottesloe theatre and now Nicholas Hytner’s directs Gavin and Stacy star James Corden in the quite brilliant One Man, Two Guvnors in the Lyttelton theatre. This is a season not to be missed.
Richard Bean new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's 1743 commedia dell'arte classic, Servant of Two Masters has been boldly relocated from Italy to a gangland world of Brighton in 1963. Francis Henshall, James Corden (The History Boys, Gavin and Stacey), plays an out-of-work musician. He is then put in the odd position of working for not one but two guvnors - Rachel Crabbe, who appears in disguise as her dead twin and posh boy Stanley Stubbers,who, as well as being Rachel’s secret lover, killed her brother! Neither boss knows how near by the other is and remain so while Henshall goes back and forth between them (until the hilariously farcical climax of the play).
I must confess, I knew very little about Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, but this new version by Richard Bean is brought bang up to date. Packed with brilliant one liners and excellent performances, the National has really struck gold here. James Corden’s first role at the National since he was in the original cast of The History Boys has a charisma that few actors possess. He connects with the audience and really drives the whole piece along brilliantly. His timing and energy are truly spectacular and he has now established himself as a credible comedy actor not only on screen but now on stage as well. With terrific support from fellow cast members (particularly Tom Edden, Jemima Rooper and Oliver Chris) I left the NT sore with laughter. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for this one.
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