Theatre Screening (180 mins)
An NCPA-National Theatre Live (London) Presentation
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hoodlum, now in Brighton, to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’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. In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda. James Corden returns to the National for the first time since The History Boys to play Francis.
Written by Richard Bean
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni with songs by Grant Olding
Cast: David Benson, Oliver Chris, Polly Conway, James Corden & others
Box Office: 9th January for Members & 12th January for Public