One Man Two Guvnors, Richard Bean’s adaptation of the 18th-century Italian farce by Carlo Goldoni, requires two directors, one just for the physical comedy. The slapstick production evokes uproarious laughter at Broadway’s Music Box Theater. It opened last night, April 18 to knee-slapping reviews.
Nycholas Hynter, with help from Cal McCrystal, direct with original music by Grant Olding performed by an on-stage band. And James Cordon makes the journey across the pond, reprising his role as the easily confused Francis Henshall. The play opened to critical acclaim at the National Theatre of Great Britain last May followed by a successful UK Tour, landing at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End through the end of February.
UK critics have raved, ‘one of the funniest productions in the National’s history’ (The Guardian), ‘deliriously daft and diabolically joke stuffed entertainment’ (The Independent), ‘pure comic bliss’ (Evening Standard) and ‘James Corden gives a comic tour de force, the like of which hasn’t been seen in London for years.’ (Daily Mail). American critics offer similar acclaim. It’s all raves for One Man, Two Guvnors.
Here’s our review round-up and a little bit of twitter talk: