U.K.’s National Theatre Live re-broadcasts Richard Bean farce “One Man, Two Guvnors” on U.S. screens

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES:  This past September, National Theatre Live, the popular initiative that offers theatrical performances on film screens, kicked off its third season with Nicholas Hytner’s feel good production of One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean’s new version of The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding.  The farce, staged by Nicholas Hytner, stars  James Corden, who appeared in the National’s original cast of The History Boys.

Starting Thursday, Oct. 20, National Theatre Live will re-air a live performance of the play at 200 cinemas throughout the U.S. through NCM Fathom’s digital broadcast network. The re-broadcast will be shown on 200 screens across the United States in venues such as the AMC Empire 25 in New York City; AMC Universal Cineplex in Orlando, FL; Regal Pavilions 15 in Denver, CO; Cinemark Anchorage 16 in Anchorage, AK; Cinemark Sam’s Town 18 in Las Vegas, NV and many more.  The average ticket price is $20.

For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:  www.ntlive.com  or www.FathomEvents.com.  

Oliver Chris, James Corden and Jemima Rooper in "One Man, Two Guvnors" at the Lyttelton, National Theatre | Photo by Tristram Kenton

This classic update is expected to transfer to London’s commercial West End in November. National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. 

In the New York City area, screenings will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), NYU’s Skirball Center, City Cinema 123, Kew Gardens Cinema, Fairfield University (in Connecticut), the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) and more.

The broadcast will also be shown on screens across the United States including the Music Box Theater in Chicago & Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, Amherst Cinema in MA, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, SIFF Cinema in Seattle, and many more.

On October 6, NT Live will broadcast Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary black comedy The Kitchen, set in a restaurant in 1950s London, directed by Bijan Sheibani, featuring an ensemble cast of 29 actors.

Also in the works (possibly December) is a telecast of Collaborators a new play by John Hodge (screenwriter of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach) directed by National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner. The play centres on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. Alex Jennings (The Habit of Art) will play Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale (London Assurance) will play Stalin. - RG

Watch cast members James Corden, Oliver Chris, Jemima Rooper and Daniel Rigby try to explain the premise of the production and reveal what their characters get up to in Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian: 


For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:  www.ntlive.com  

A sampling of broadcasts in U.S. major markets are as follows.

● NYU Skirball Center for the Arts (NY, NY) – September 21 at 7pm

● Cinema 123 (NY, NY) – September 15 at 7pm & September 18 at 2pm

● Mann Chinese (Hollywood, CA) – September 15 at 7 pm

● Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY) – September 15 at 7 pm

● Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Bryn Mawr, PA) – October 2 at 1pm & October 12 at 7:00pm

● Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY) – September 24 at 7pm

● Downtown Independent (Los Angeles, CA) – September 15 at 11am, September 19 at 7:30pm, October 2 at 2pm, October 9 at 2pm, October 15 at 3pm.

● Kew Gardens Cinema (Queens, NY) – September 15 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm

● Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) – September 15 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm

● University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) – October 1 at 12pm

● Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA) – September 15 at 7:00pm

● Amherst Cinema (Amherst, MA) – September 15 at 7:00pm, September 21 at 7:00pm, October 2 at 1:00pm

● Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) – September 26 at 7:30 pm

● Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ) – September 15 at 7pm

● Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN) – October 2 at 1:00pm

● Third Rail Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) – September 17 at 2 & 7 pm & September 25 at 1pm & 5 pm

● Music Box (Chicago, IL) – September 30

● Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) – October 2 at 2 pm

● Kabuki Cinemas (San Francisco, CA) – October 17 at 7pm & October 22 at 2:30pm

● Madison Sundance Cinemas (Madison, WI) – October 1 at 12:30pm & October 3 at 7pm

Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information. NT Live is distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. (www.byexperience.net)

"One Man, Two Guvnors" at U.K. the National Theatre | Photo by Tristram Kenton

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