September 15th, 2011

Raks New Profile Pic Square

One Man, Two Guvnors gets its NT Live today (Thursday 15 September)

This week I have been at Shakespeare's Globe in London and up at the RSC in Stratford. I want to talk about both, especially the Globe - I am a Friend there and have been for many years.

However, on 11 September 2011 there was only one story I was prepared to run on my blog. On 15 September 2011 the same is true. The only story I am prepared to run today is that One Man, Two Guvnors will be getting its NT Live today. The production has been massively successful and is sold out for its current run at the National Theatre.

I cannot recommend this production highly enough. This is my take on it:

I love this production. I can describe it in three short words - fun, fun, fun! I loved the band. I loved the physical comedy. I loved the slapstick. It was very funny. And I loved the surprise right at the end of the first half!

The production has been a sell-out because I think, in these times of economic doom and gloom, people want to go to the theatre and have a good old-fashioned fun and enjoyable night out. This production most definitely delivers on that!

One Man, Two Guvnors is directed by Nick Hytner and stars James Corden. It also features well known stars like Daniel Rigby and Jemima Rooper. However, I want to give a HUGE shout out to two of the lesser known members of the cast who are both outstanding and are just brilliant at comedy - Oliver Chris who plays Stanley Stubbers (Oliver was in Season's Greetings as well) and Suzie Toase who plays Dolly. They are actually my favourite actors in the production.

I would also like to give a HUGE shout out to The Craze - the resident house band who add one hell of a lot to the production. They are one of my favourite aspects to the production. I bought The Craze CD, which feaures all the songs in the production, just under a month ago, and have been playing it almost non-stop ever since. I love all the songs which are upbeat and happy and toe-tapping finger-licking good!

So where can you see One Man, Two Guvnors?

1) You can experience the National Theatre for free and watch the entire production of One Man, Two Guvnors broadcast live to a big screen in Theatre Square outside the National Theatre today (Thursday 15 September). Bars open at 5.30pm. Show starts at 7pm.

2) If you cannot get to London, it is being broadcast to a range of cinemas nationwide today. Ironically I did not know that it was going to be broadcast free to a big screen in Theatre Square outside the National Theatre until very recently and so I have actually paid to see it at my local cinema, the Brixton Ritzy!
Further details of all the cinemas that it will be broadcast to are here:

3) Also, if you cannot get to London, following its final performance at the National on Monday 19 September, One Man, Two Guvnors is going on a nationwide tour. Details here:

4) Finally, if you cannot catch it today, although the current run at the National is sold out, you can still see the production in the West End at the Adelphi Theatre from 8 November with the same cast. For further details and to book tickets follow the link:

I have seen the production more than once at the National Theatre (NT) already. However, I am looking forward to seeing it in the cinema as it will have "extras" ie interviews with the Director and the actors, plus features on the production, and because I like to see NT productions with a fresh audience ie with people who would never think of actually going to the National. It is always fun to see people experience NT productions for the first time and to see how their take on the productions differs from the regular National audience who I of course see all the time at the theatre itself.

So, go and see One Man, Two Guvnors today, either at Theatre Square or at a cinema near you, and treat yourself to a good old-fashioned fun and enjoyable night out at the London theatre!
Raks New Profile Pic Square

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

I experienced this at the Brixton Ritzy and I loved it! (no surprise there then!).

Photo credit:

Highlights for me:

- I should have given a shout out yesterday to Tom Edden who plays Alfie. I am belatedly giving him a shout out now. He stole the show yet again (he usually does!) and he really went down a storm with the cinema crowd
- I got to see the other surprise actress - there are two and so far at the NT I have only seen the one
- I loved the interval break and everyone having a laugh and taking the piss out of themselves - it shows the NT does not take itself too seriously
- I loved the Nick Hytner footage - everyone knows I am a huge fan

Basically, everyone in the cinema loved it. I hope more people now make it to the South Bank to experience the National in the flesh. I have seen this production both live in the theatre and at the cinema - I prefer seeing it at the theatre.