Friday, October 14, 2011

See the National Theatre Live in New Jersey

Here are two very special theatre events: On Thursday, October 20th, the National Theatre Live (of London) will re-broadcast a live performance of the five star production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring James Corden. “I haven't seen anything funnier at the theater since the original production of Michael Frayn's Noises Off almost 30 years ago.” – Frank Rich, New York Magazine

 In New Jersey, two theatres will show these plays....North Brunswick and Trenton (Link below).  This satellite feed is similar to the very successful Metropolitan Opera 'live performance' series that has played literally in movie venues around the world.

National Theatre Live continues its third season with Nicholas Hytner’s production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, by Richard Bean based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding. James Corden stars in “one of the funniest productions in the National’s history” (The Guardian). The “classic comedy, hilariously updated” (The Times) transfers to London’s 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.  NCM Fathom will present ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at more than 200 additional U.S. movie theaters nationwide.

The 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.
For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:  or

Set in Brighton Beach in the early 1960’s, Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic 18th  century Italian comedy, food and money are high on the agenda. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall (Corden) becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at the Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

On November 3rd, the Fathom will present The Kitchen, NT Live’s second offering of the season.  Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary black comedy The Kitchen, set in a restaurant in 1950s London is directed by Bijan Sheibani and features an ensemble cast of 29 actors. Time Out says “Sheibani’s balletic large-ensemble revival is an exhilarating spectacle” and the Times of London says “Fabulous, fast-moving direction… With wit and energy it keeps you gasping.”

Tickets for National Theatre Live (NT Live) are available at participating theater box offices and online at

The National Theatre in London

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