Last night Stu and I went to see One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttleton Theatre on London's glitzy National Theatre on the South Bank. In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. James Corden returns to the National for the first time since The History Boys to play Francis.
He was actually quite funny too. As was the play itself. Interspersed with songs by a fifties four-piece it was a broad farce set in 1963 Brighton.
On opening, One Man, Two Guvnors received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian gave it 5 stars, saying that it was ‘A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history.' The Daily Telegraph described it as 'the feelgood hit of the Summer', The Independent as a 'massive hit' and London's Evening Standard as 'a surefire hit'. Blogging site Everything Theatre described it as 'one of the most side-splittingly hilarious productions ever to be staged in London'.