One Man, Two Guvnors, a Great Performances presentation

(Rochester, NY) -- Starring CBS’ The Late Late Show host James Corden, who won a Tony Award for his hilarious performance, One Man, Two Guvnors delighted both critics and audiences during its hugely popular West End and Broadway productions in 2011 and 2012. While Broadway may still be dark, Great Performances raises the curtain for theater-lovers to enjoy One Man, Two Guvnors, Friday, November 6, 2020 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Adapted by playwright Richard Bean from a 1743 Commedia dell’arte farce and set in the British resort town of Brighton during the Swinging ’60s, the manic plot centers on an out-of-work musician named Francis Henshall (Corden) who becomes a bodyguard-minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a petty East End crook. Little does he know that “Roscoe” is actually his own sister, Rachel, now masquerading as her dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers. To complicate matters even more, the perpetually ravenous Francis sees the chance for an extra meal ticket and takes on a second job with Stanley, who is hiding out from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his “two guvnors” apart, an increasingly difficult predicament resulting in comic mayhem, and providing Corden with the opportunity for a series of spectacular sight gags and pratfalls.

This presentation is part of Great Performance's "Broadway’s Best" lineup, premiering Fridays, November 6-27 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The fall’s lineup shines a spotlight on the best and brightest of Broadway with One Man, Two Guvnors, as well as the world premiere of Lea Salonga in Concert, featuring the Tony-winner singing her signature songs from “Miss Saigon,” “Les Misérables,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan” and more, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, the first documentary on blockbuster musical “Fiddler on the Roof;” and the festive Roundabout Theatre Company production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn.

Photo: James Corden in ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS at The National Theatre, 2011
Credit: Courtesy of Johan Persson



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