Auckland Arts Festival announces the exclusive New Zealand season of the National Theatre of Great Britain's
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
By Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni with songs by Grant Olding
14 – 23 March, 2013
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Tickets on sale 17 August, 2012
Auckland Arts Festival is thrilled to announce that the National Theatre of Great Britain's multi- award-winning West End and Broadway sensation One Man, Two Guvnors is in the 2013 Auckland Arts Festival. Tickets for the side-splittingly funny British production, which runs 14 -23 March 2013 at Auckland's Aotea Centre, go on sale on 17 August.
Richard Bean's smash-hit comedy of errors is a glorious homage to British comedy and vaudeville that happily hijacks the plot of Carlo Goldoni's classic 18th Century Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters. Under the impeccable direction of the National Theatre's Artistic Director, Nicholas Hytner, One Man, Two Guvnors is a laugh-until-you-cry celebration of farce, slapstick, physical gags, sing-alongs and Python-esque absurdity, accompanied by an energetic score from on-stage skiffle band, The Craze.
The show comes to Auckland Arts Festival 2013 after hugely acclaimed West End and Broadway seasons and widespread recognition, including Best Play in the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards (UK), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (USA) and seven Tony nominations (USA). The all-British cast is led by Owain Arthur, whose performance has received multiple five-star reviews in the current West End run.
The Auckland Arts Festival 2013, which runs 6 – 24 March across the Auckland region, is Carla van Zon's inaugural season as Artistic Director. On choosing One Man, Two Guvnors as one of the major international headliners, she says, “The Auckland Arts Festival offers locals and visitors to Auckland a chance to experience the arts in a way they may not otherwise. A show of such wide international acclaim and superb quality as the National Theatre of Great Britain's One Man, Two Guvnors doesn't come to town very often. This sensational production is one that avid theatre lovers, comedy fanatics and followers of the best of everything British shouldn't miss. It's a high energy night at the theatre, full of laughter.”
The full 2013 Auckland Arts Festival programme will be announced on 31 October.
One Man, Two Guvnors is proudly supported by THE EDGE.
***** A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National's history. – The Guardian
An evening of riotous delight... I found myself physically incapable with laughter. – Daily Telegraph UK
The longest sustained laugh I've heard in years of theatre-going. – The New Yorker
Officially the funniest play on the planet – Daily Mail
The funniest thing I've seen on stage since Edna Everage stormed the St James in 1993... It's the kind of show in which characters' exits and entrances get their own rounds of applause. – Peter Calder,NZ Herald (review of National Theatre Live screening of the play)
One Man, Two Guvnors
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
14 – 23 March, 2013
2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval
Premium $118 / Friends and Groups (6+) $108
A $98 / Friends and Groups (6+) $89
B $75 / Friends and Groups (6+) $69
Francis Henshall, Owain Arthur
With: Edward Bennett, Amy Booth-Steel, Nick Cavaliere, Colin Mace, Mark Monero, Kellie Shirley, Leon Williams, Rosie Wyatt, Matthew Woodyatt, Peter Caulfield and others yet to be confirmed.
Written by Richard Bean
Director Nicholas Hytner
Physical Comedy Director Cal McCrystal
Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Mark Henderson
Music and Songs Grant Olding
Sound Designer Paul Arditti
Fight Director Kate Waters
Associate Director / Choreographer Adam Penford
ABOUT THE AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL
The Auckland Arts Festival is Auckland's premier festival of New Zealand and international arts. Presented biennially, the globally-recognised event celebrates people and culture, and showcases the unrivalled location and landscape, cultural diversity and vibrant energy of New Zealand's largest city.
Since the inaugural event in 2003, the Auckland Arts Festival has welcomed over a million attendees. For 19 magical days in March, Auckland Arts Festival 2013 will bring the Auckland region to life once again with creations from some of the country's most innovative artists and performers alongside a sensational assemblage of internationals.
2013 sees new Artistic Director Carla van Zon taking the creative reins. With over 60 individual events that have been carefully selected or specially created, comprising performances, exhibitions, installations, seminars, workshops and family activities, the Auckland Arts Festival 2013 programme offers anyone keen to ignite their creative spirit a unique chance to experience the arts in unexpected ways.
Auckland Arts Festival is governed by the Auckland Festival Trust and the Board chaired by Victoria Carter. The Festival's executive team is Artistic Director Carla van Zon and Chief Executive David Inns.
Auckland Festival Trust receives core funding from Auckland Council and the Rate Payers of Auckland through the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act, and from Creative New Zealand through the Toi Tōtara Haemata programme. Significant support is also received from the ASB Community Trust, The Lion Foundation, sponsors and individual giving.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREAT BRITAIN
The National Theatre of Great Britain, founded in 1963 and established on the South Bank of the River Thames in London in 1976, aims constantly to re-energise the great traditions of the British stage and expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike. With a commitment to openness, wide-reaching engagement and access for everyone, the National shares its resources, energy and creativity with audiences and theatre-makers around the globe; using its Studio for research and development of new work, offering extensive learning and public engagement programmes, touring, broadcasting in the UK and internationally via NT Live and creating innovative digital content. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk