Nicholas Hytner's production is currently in rep at the National's Lyttelton Theatre through Sept. 19, then embarks on a regional tour, visiting Aylesbury, Plymouth, Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh before it arrives in the West End.
This new English version of Goldoni's classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, written by Richard Bean with songs by Grant Olding, stars Corden as Francis Henshall who, fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée's dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel (Jemima Rooper) 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 (Oliver Chris), who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two "guvnors" apart.
Also in the cast are David Benson, Tom Edden, Martyn Ellis, Trevor Laird, Claire Lams, Fred Ridgeway, Daniel Rigby and Suzie Toase, with Owain Arthur, Polly Conway, Derek Elroy, David Hunter, Paul Lancaster, Gareth Mason and Clare Thomson. The associate director is Cal McCrystal. Designs are by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography by Adam Penford.
Bean's previous plays include England People Very Nice for the National, and The Heretic, Harvest, Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court.
Corden was last seen at the National Theatre as one of the original History Boys in Alan Bennett's play, subsequently reprising his performance both on Broadway and in the film version. His extensive TV career since has included "Gavin and Stacey," "Horne and Corden" and "Fat Friends." To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit www.onemantwoguvnors.com for more details.