Useful Notes About One Man Two Guvnors

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One Man, Two Guvnors

by Richard Bean based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding

Background pack
The National's production Carlo Goldoni Commedia dell'arte One Man, Two Guvnors – a background Lazzi – comic set pieces Characters Rehearsal overview 2 3 4 5 7 9 10

In production: from the Lyttelton to the Adelphi 13 In production: Theatre Royal Haymarket Richard Bean interview Grant Olding Interview 14 15 17

Further production detailsls: www.onemantwoguvnors.com

This background pack is published by and copyright The Royal National Theatre Board Reg. No. 1247285 Registered Charity No. 224223 Views expressed in this workpack are not necessarily those of the National Theatre

Director Nicholas Hytner

Learning National Theatre South Bank London SE1 9PX T 020 7452 3388 F 020 7452 3380 E discover@ nationaltheatre.org.uk

Workpack writer Adam Penford Editor Ben Clare

Rehearsal and production photographs Johan Persson

National Theatre Learning Background Pack

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The National’s production
The production of One Man, Two Guvnors opened in the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on 24 May 2011, transferring to the Adelphi from 8 November 2011; and to the Theatre Royal Haymarket with a new cast from 2 March 2012. The production toured the UK in autumn 2011 and will tour again in autumn 2012. The original cast opened a Broadway production in May 2012.

Original Cast (National Theatre and Adelphi)
Dolly Lloyd Boateng Charlie “the Duck” Clench Pauline Clench Harry Dangle Alan Dangle Francis Henshall Rachel Crabbe Stanley Stubbers Gareth Alfie Ensemble SuzIE TOASE TREvOR LAIRD FRED RIDGEWAy CLAIRE LAMS MARTyN ELLIS DANIEL RIGBy JAMES CORDEN JEMIMA ROOPER OLIvER CHRIS DAvID BENSON TOM EDDEN POLLy CONWAy JOLyON DIxON DEREk ELROy PAuL LANCASTER FERGuS MARCH GARETH MASON CLARE THOMSON

Current Cast (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
Dolly Lloyd Boateng Charlie ‘the Duck’ Clench Pauline Clench Harry Dangle Alan Dangle Francis Henshall Rachel Crabbe Stanley Stubbers Gareth Alfie Ensemble JODIE PRENGER DEREk ELROy GERARD HORAN HANNAH SPEARRITT NIGEL BETTS DANIEL INGS OWAIN ARTHuR GEMMA WHELAN BEN MANSFIELD DAvID BENSON MARTIN BARRASS ROBIN BERRy GILLIAN BuDD ANDREW DENNIS LAuRA MATTHEWS RICHARD SHANkS MATTHEW WOODyATT

UK tour cast to be confirmed Director Physical Comedy Director Designer Lighting Designer Music & Songs Sound Designer Associate Director/Choreographer Fight Director Resident Director Associate Designer Associate Lighting Designer Company Voice Work Literal Translator Casting NICHOLAS HyTNER CAL McCRySTAL MARk THOMPSON MARk HENDERSON GRANT OLDING PAuL ARDITTI ADAM PENFORD kATE WATERS LISA BLAIR JONATHAN ALLEN TOM SNELL kATE GODFREy FRANCESCA MANFRIN ALASTAIR COOMER

The Craze GRANT OLDING (vocals, guitar, keys, harmonica) PHILIP JAMES (lead guitar, banjo, backing vocals) RICHARD COuGHLAN (double bass, electric bass, backing vocals) BENJAMIN BROOkER (percussion, drum kit, backing vocals) The Craze debut album is available from the NT Bookshop nationaltheatre.org.uk/bookshop

National Theatre Learning Background Pack

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Carlo Goldoni
Carlo Goldoni was born in 1707 into a middle-class family in Venice. As a child, he was fascinated by theatre, playing with puppets and writing his first play at the age of twelve. His father attempted to distract him from a dishonourable career in the theatre by sending him away to study at various schools, but each time Goldoni either ran away or got expelled. During one of these incidents, he joined a company of touring actors and travelled back to Venice, the adventures he experienced on this journey solidified his love of theatrical life. Eventually, in 1731, he graduated from law school and started practising in Padua. The lure of the theatre was too strong however, and the following year he was back in Venice, writing. Goldini’s path to stardom was not smooth; his first play, a tragedy called Amalasunta [1733], was a flop. He...
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