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Opera House presents One Man, Two Guvnors

Starring James Corden

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a captured live via satellite screening of the hilarious stage comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors,” starring James Corden, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. Featuring a Tony Award-winning and Olivier Award-nominated performance by the host of “The Late Late Show,” James Corden, the uproarious “One Man, Two Guvnors” was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway. Submitted Photo.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a captured live via satellite screening of the hilarious stage comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors,” starring James Corden, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. The event is part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Anniversary season and is an encore screening of the original 2011 production.

Featuring a Tony Award-winning and Olivier Award-nominated performance by “The Late Late Show” host Corden, the uproarious “One Man, Two Guvnors” was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway.

The production is an adaptation of the Italian comedy A Servant of Two Masters. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall (Corden) takes a job as manservant to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood who is now in Brighton to collect a sum of money from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe isn’t what he seems — HE is really a SHE, as Roscoe’s sister Rachel, is posing as the dead Roscoe, who was killed by Rachel’s boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Confused yet? Wait there’s more!

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms Inn, the permanently ravenous Francis spots an opportunity to secure an extra meal ticket and takes a second job as manservant to Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery — and keep his meal tickets — Francis must keep his two guvnors apart … simple!!

The New York Times calls the production “splendidly silly … ideal escapism for an anxious time.”

The production runs three hours, 15 minutes with one intermission.

Tickets to “One Man, Two Guvnors” are $15 ($10 students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. A special Stage on Screen Series flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want — one at a time to eight different Series events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is $116. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

This program is part of the Stage on Screen Series which is generously sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins. Support for the program also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.

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