First published on 25 Jul 2012. Updated on 25 Jul 2012.
The Sydney Theatre Company announced today it will be bringing Richard Bean's popular farce One Man, Two Guvnors to the Sydney stage as part of its 2013 season.
The National Theatre production will tour Australia next year, following successful runs on London's West End and Broadway, playing in Sydney from March 30 to May 11 at the Sydney Theatre.
Drawing on Carlo Goldoni's 18th century classic The Servant of Two Masters, One Man, Two Guvnors follows the hapless Francis Henshall, who, while on the lookout for a quick buck, offers his services as a hired goon to two gentlemen on the same night. The production will be directed by the National Theatre's Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner and feature an all-British cast led by Owain Arthur, with songs by Grant Olding.
"One Man, Two Guvnors continues STC's tradition of presenting international work of the highest quality to Sydney audiences," STC artistic directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton said in a statement. "We are thrilled to be able to offer this fantastic production as part of our final season."
STC's past international programs include 2010's Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre production of August: Osage County; 2011's Dublin's Abbey Theatre production of Terminus; and this year's production of Edinburgh Traverse Theatre's Midsummer (A Play with Songs).
One Man, Two Guvnors won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011, and received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play this year. The production will open its Australian tour at the 2013 Adelaide Festival in February, and will also travel to Melbourne in mid-2013, presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Tickets will be available as part of an STC 2013 season ticket from early September 2012.
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