One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors is a play by Richard Bean. It opened at the National Theatre in June 2011. The play, directed by Nicholas Hytner, starred James Corden and is an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters (Italian: Arlecchino servitore di due padroni), a 1743 Commedia del Arte comedy by the Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni.[1] The play replaces the period Italian setting with Brighton in 1963.[2]




Following its run in London, One Man, Two Guvnors went on tour to the following theatres:

  • 27 - 31 September: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre[1]
  • 4 – 8 October: Theatre Royal, Plymouth[2]
  • 11 – 15 October: The Lowry, Salford[3]
  • 18 – 22 October: New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham[4]
  • 25 – 29 October: King’s Theatre, Edinburgh[5]

West End

Following its UK Tour, the show transferred to the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End. The show will open on 21 November 2011 following previews from 8 November 2011[3]

Live Broadcast

On 15 September 2011, the production was broadcast to cinemas around the world as a part of the National Theatre Live programme.[4]

Critical Reception

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.'[6]. The Daily Telegraph described it as 'the feelgood hit of the Summer'[7], The Independent as a 'massive hit'[8] and London's Evening Standard as 'a surefire hit'[9]. Blogging site Everything Theatre described it as 'one of the most side-splittingly hilarious productions ever to be staged in London'.[10]