Oliver Chris, Jemima Rooper & More Join James Corden in Broadway's ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS this Spring!
Bob Boyett has announced the full Broadway cast for The National Theatre of Great Britain's acclaimed production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS. Previews begin on April 6 and the official opening is April 18, 2012 at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.
James Corden stars as "Francis Henshall" in ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS with Oliver Chris as "Stanley Stubbers", Jemima Rooper as "Rachel Crabbe", Tom Edden as "Alfie", Martyn Ellis as "Harry Dangle", Trevor Laird as "Lloyd Boateng", Claire Lams as "Pauline Clench", Fred Ridgeway as "Charlie Clench", Daniel Rigby as "Alan Dangle", Suzie Toase as "Dolly". The company will also include Brian Gonzales, Eli James, Ben Livingston, Sarah Manton, Stephen Pilkington, David Ryan Smith, Natalie Smith.
UK critics have called ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS '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).
James Corden is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. Oliver Chris, Jemima Rooper, Tom Edden, Martyn Ellis, Trevor Laird, Claire Lams, Fred Ridgeway, Daniel Rigby and Suzie Toase are appearing with the support of Actors' Equity Association. The Producer gratefully acknowledges Actors' Equity Association for its assistance of this production. In ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, Corden stars as "Francis Henshall" ("ONE MAN"). Always-famished and easily-confused, Henshall agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding ("TWO GUVNORS"), both of whom are linked in a tangled web of schemes and romantic associations... none of which Francis can keep straight. So he has to do everything in his power to keep his two guvnors from meeting while trying to eat anything in sight along the way. Simple. Falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers, cross-dressing mobsters and a fabulous on-stage band are just some of what awaits at the most "deliriously funny" (The Daily Telegraph) new play to cross the pond in decades.
The Broadway production follows a sold-out run that opened at The National Theatre in May; a UK tour; and, a sold out run in London's West End that began in fall 2011. ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS recently won the Evening Standard and the London Critics Circle Awards.
TICKETS & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212)239-6200 / (800)432-7250 or online at www.Telecharge.com. Ticket prices range from $26.50-126.50.
Beginning April 6, the performance schedule will be Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday & Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3PM. Beginning April 24, the performance schedule will be Tuesday evenings at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday & Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3PM.
For more information, visit www.onemantwoguvnorsbroadway.com.
James Corden (Francis Henshall). James Corden's work in theatre includes originating the role of 'Francis Henshall' in One Man, Two Guvnors at The National Theatre, The History Boys at The National Theatre, Broadway and international tour; A Respectable Wedding at the Young Vic; and Martin Guerre in the West End. TV includes The Brit Awards 2009 and 2011, A League of Their Own, James Corden's World Cup Live, Gavin and Stacey (BAFTA Award for Comedy Performance and British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer), Horne and Corden, Little Britain, Fat Friends, Cruise of the Gods, Dalziel and Pascoe, Judge John Deed, Jack and the Beanstalk, Teachers, Hollyoaks, Boyz Limited and The Vicar of Dibley. Films include 3 Musketeers, Gulliver's Travels, Lesbian Vampire Killers, Telstar, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Where Have I Been All Your Life, Pierrepoint, Starter for Ten, The History Boys, Heartlands, All or Nothing, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith and Twentyfourseven. He is co-creator and co-writer of Gavin and Stacey (BAFTA Award for Television Programme of the Year, British Comedy Award for Best New Scripted Comedy. Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, South Bank Show Award for Comedy, Tric Award for Best Comedy, National Television Award 2010 for Best Comedy) and Horne and Corden; he is also co-creator and co-writer of the forthcoming BBC series The Wrong Man.
Oliver Chris (Stanley Stubbers). Trained at Central. Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), Season's Greetings (National Theatre); Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Rose, Kingston); Rain Man (tour); The Taming of the Shrew (Wilton's Music Hall); Cyrano (Royal Exchange, Manchester); and The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Northampton). TV: "Silent Witness," "FM," "Nathan Barley," "According to Bex," "Sweet Medicine," "Green Wing," "Shelley," "The Real Jane Austen," "Casualty," "Rescue Me," "The Office," "Lorna Doone," "Bonkers," "The IT Crowd," "Tripping Over" and "Sharpe's Challenge." Film: Huge, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Gathering. Radio includes She and Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off. Audio books: Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon.
Jemima Rooper (Rachel Crabbe). Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), The Power of Yes and Her Naked Skin (National Theatre); Me and My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); The Great Game (Tricycle); A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic); Us and Them (Hampstead); Where Do We Live (Royal Court); Oscar (King's Head); and All My Sons (West End). TV: "Frankenstein's Wedding," "Reunited," "A Bouquet of Barbed Wire," "Poirot: The Third Girl," "Lost in Austen," "Life Line," "Time of Your Life," "Random Quest," "Perfect Days," "Sinchronicity," "Sugar Rush," "Silent Witness," "The Brief," "Hex," "Midsomer Murders," "As If," "Love in a Cold Climate," "Urban Gothic," "The Railway Children," "Heatwave," "Lifeforce," "Summer in the Suburbs," "Wives and Daughters," "The Passion," "Junk," "Animal Ark" and "The Famous Five." Film: Kinky Boots, A Sound of Thunder, Snapshots, Owd Bob, Black Dahlia, and The Higher Mortals. Radio includes The Dark Side, The Charles Paris Mysteries: Murder Unprompted, A Touch of Mistletoe and Mansfield Park.
Tom Edden (Alfie). Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); 101 Dalmatians, Hamlet, Summer Lightning, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Betrayal and Nanna's Nightingale (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Arabian Nights (Creation); The Picture of DorIan Grey and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Big Telly); Cinderella (Salisbury Playhouse); The Timekeepers and The Coming of Gowf (Old Red Lion); and The Importance of Being Earnest (Tour de Force). TV: "Doctor Who," "Stuart: A Life Backwards" and "Spartans." Film: Wolfman.
Martyn Ellis (Harry Dangle). Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), West End: Paul McCartney in Lennon, Les Miserables, The Lion King (original cast), The 39 Steps, and Guys and Dolls (Theatregoers Choice Award Winner – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical). Other theatre: Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory); Alice in Wonderland (RSC); Grand Hotel (Donmar); A Chorus of Disapproval (Bristol Old Vic); Just So (Tricycle); Follow My Leader (Hampstead Theatre); and Boys from Syracuse (Sheffield Crucible). TV: "The Tudors," "Doctors," "The Sarah Jane Adventures," "Mayo," "William and Mary," "Joking Apart," "Hope It Rains," "Lifeboat," "Doctors and Nurses," "Without Motive," "Kavanagh QC," "Class Act," "In 2 Minds," "Happy Families," "Rockliffe's Babies" and as Friar Tuck in over 50 episodes of "The New Adventures of Robin Hood." Film: Agent Cody Banks – Lost in London, A Christmas Carol, Jackboots on Whitehall and Devil's Bridge. His voice has featured in Fun with Claude for Disney, The Bobinogs (Bafta award winner) and many audio books including Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd and recently the Horus Heresy series. In 2006 he performed 'Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat' from Guys and Dolls at the Royal Variety Performance. He has also shared the stage with The Clash, Deep Purple, Meatloaf, Status Quo, Squeeze and Lonnie Donnegan, in various bands and backing bands over the years.
Trevor Laird (Lloyd Boateng). Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), England People Very Nice, Statement of Regret and The Mysteries (National Theatre); Sucker Punch (Royal Court); Twilight Zone and Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Almeida); Foxes, Revengers' Tragedy and Safe in Our Hands (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Master Harold and the Boys (Liverpool Everyman); You Don't Kiss (Stratford Circus); An Enchanted Land (Riverside Studios); Strange Fruit (Sheffield Crucible); Colors and You Can't Take It With You (the Abbey, Dublin); The Shoemaker's Holiday (Leeds Playhouse); A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park); Mama Dragon (Black Theatre Co-op); and the title role in Othello (Tivoli, Dublin and on tour). TV: "Waking the Dead," "Doctor Who," "The Eagle," "Murder Room," "The Last Detective," "Holby City," "William and Mary," "NCS Manhunt," "Casualty," "The Murder of Stephen Lawrence," "Undercover Heart," "The New Statesman," "Struggle," "Bernard and the Genie," "Birds of a Feather," "Lenny Henry Show," "Call Me Mister," "Give Us a Break," "Dear Heart," "Easy Money," "Pocket Full of Dreams," "Maybury," "Waterloo Sunset," "Vanishing Army," "Victims of Apartheid" and "Playthings." Film: Hope and Glory, Love Honour and Obey, Smack and Thistle, Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire, The Flying Devils, My Ticket for the Titanic, Water, Babylon, The Long Good Friday and Quadrophenia.
Claire Lams (Pauline Clench). Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), DNA, The Miracle and Baby Girl (National Theatre); W11 (The Gate); While You Lie (Traverse Edinburgh); Educating Rita (Watermill, Newbury); Absent Friends (Watford Palace); Faustus (Headlong); Fabulation (the Tricycle); Presence (Plymouth Theare Royal); Harvest (Royal Court); Chimps (Liverpool Everyman); Fields of Gold and Soap (Stephen Joseph Scarborough); Coming Around Again and Huddersfield (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Happiest Days of Your Life (Royal Exchange Manchester); and The Dice House (Birmingham Stage Company). TV: "Random," "Doctors," "The Bill," "Holby City," "Silent Witness," "The Brief" and "EastEnders." Films: Pumpkin Head 4, Southwark The Movie and Sputnik.
Fred Ridgeway (Charlie Clench). Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), England People Very Nice and Bill Alexander's production of The Alchemist (National); Coriolanus, Speaking Like Magpies, Believe What You Will, A New Way to Please You and Thomas More (RSC); The Big Fellah (Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith); The Comedy of Errors, Henry V and Port (Royal Exchange Manchester); Edmond (Wilton's Music Hall); The English Game (Headlong); The Glass Room and My Boy Jack (Hampstead); In Extremis and Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare's Globe); Singer (Oxford Stage Company); Christmas (Bush); Arms and the Man (Touring Partnership); Outside Edge (the New Vic); The Star Throwers (Stephen Joseph Scarborough); The Weir and Spinning into Butter (Royal Court); The Price (Bolton Octagon); Troilus and Cressida (tour and Old Vic); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Liverpool Everyman); The Impostor (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Loot and Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Chichester); Dealer's Choice (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Alchemist and Swamp City (Birmingham Rep); and The Solid Gold Cadillac, Absolutely! (Perhaps) and Loot (West End). TV: "The Bill," "Heartbeat," "Doctors," "My Boy Jack," "The Verdict," "Trial and Retribution," "Casualty," "Spooks," "The Royal," "EastEnders," "Inspector Lynley Mysteries," "Peak Practice," "Never Never," "Midsomer Murders," "Small Potatoes" and "Father Ted." Film: The Citizenship Test, Shadow Observers, Memorabilis, Kinky Boots, Monk Dawson and A Twist in the Tale. Radio: Bright Day and Birds and the Battlefield.
Daniel Rigby (Alan Dangle). Trained at RADA. Theare: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), the title role in The Count of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Beyond the Frontline (Slung Low at The Lowry); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment); Natural Selection (Theatre 503); Great Expectations (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); The White Album, All Quiet on the Western Front and Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet (Nuffield, Southampton); and Hamlet (Thelma Holt Productions). As a stand-up comedian, he has written and performed Afterbirth and The Mothwokfantastic at the Edinburgh Festival. He was invited to perform at the Montreal Comedy Festival and won the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2007. TV: Eric Morecambe in "Eric and Ernie" (BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor), "The Street," "Spooks and Lilies." Film: Flyboys.
Suzie Toase (Dolly). Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (original cast), My Fair Lady (also West End) and Singin' in the Rain (also West Yorkshire Playhouse) at the National; Merrily We Roll Along and Guys and Dolls (Donmar); Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory); Into the Woods (The Royal Opera House); Hobson's Choice (Watermill, Newbury); Spitting Distance (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); Time of My Life (Bristol Old Vic); The Boyfriend (Theatre Royal, Windsor and on tour); and The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep). TV: "The IT Crowd" and "Hotel Babylon." Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Brian Gonzales. Broadway / Tours: Shrek ; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. TV / Film: "Law and Order", Mushroom Quartet. Regional: A bunch. Recently: Disney's Aladdin - 5th Ave Theater. Internship: Royal National Theater.
Eli James. Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Off-Broadway: Rutherford & Son, Temporal Powers (Mint), William and the Tradesmen (solo show, Ars Nova, La Mama). Regional: Becky Shaw (Huntington), Maria/Stuart (Woolly Mammoth), The Invention of Love (Wilma).
Ben Livingston. Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Harry Bright) Off-Broadway: Our Town (Doc Gibbs). TV: "Damages," "The Good Wife," "Boardwalk Empire," "Too Big to Fail." Ben co-wrote the film, The Raven.
Sarah Manton. Theatre includes: The Coast of Utopia, South Pacific, (National Theatre), Baby in Dirty Dancing (West End), Champion of Paribanou (dir. Alan Ayckbourn) Time of My Life (dir. John Tillinger), Villette (Frantic Assembly/Steven Hoggett), Einstein and Mileva (Clurman, Theatre Row) Major Barbara, The Madras House, Village Wooing, (Off-West End). Television: Casualty, Doctors (BBC).
Stephen Pilkington. Broadway Debut. Select credits include: Theatre Royal Haymarket (London), TACT, Shakespeare & Company, The Public Theater, Cherry Lane Theater, Bristol Riverside Theatre. Training: Moscow Art Theater, The National Theater of Romania, Northern Illinois University.
DAVID Ryan Smith. B'way: Passing Strange. Off B'way: Marat/Sade, The Rover. Regional: Dallas Theatre Center, Crossroads, A.C.T, Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others. Film: Bee Season, I Am Ben. MFA, American Conservatory Theatre.
Natalie Smith. A native New Yorker who trained as an actress at The Guildhall School in London. She is also a singer songwriter and is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut.
Richard Bean (Playwright). Richard Bean's plays include England People Very Nice for the National The Heretic, Harvest (winner of the 2006 Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play), Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court and The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour. He adapted David Mamet's House of Games and wrote a new version of The Hypochondriac for The Almeida Theatre.
Nicholas Hytner (Director). Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner's productions have included Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet and One Man, Two Guvnors.
National Theatre. The National Theatre, founded in 1963, and established on the South Bank of the River Thames in London in 1976, has three theatres – the Olivier, the Lyttelton and the Cottesloe. It presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics, with seven or eight productions in repertory (sharing the stages) at any one time. Actors often appear in more than one play during a season or return to the National regularly. The National aims constantly to re-energise the great traditions of the British stage and to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike, and aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of the nation's culture. With its extensive programme of Platform performances, backstage tours, foyer music, exhibitions, and free outdoor entertainment the National recognises that the theatre doesn't begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain. By touring – and now, National Theatre Live - it shares its work with audiences in the UK and abroad.