David Benson joins Nicholas Hytner's Royal National Theatre Production of One Man, Two Guvnors
I am thrilled to announce that I have been cast in this major new production of Richard Bean's adaptation of Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters. To be directed by Nicholas Hytner with Cal McCrystal, my director on Loot (Derby Playhouse 2003) and Jack and The Beanstalk (Newbury Corn Exchange 2004), the shows stars telly golden-boy James Corden. I have a small role in one scene (which suits me fine) playing a waiter called Gareth. I will also be understudying one of the main roles, Charlie.
NOTE: Some of my scheduled tour dates will have to be postponed or canceled to accommodate my engagement at the National. A revised version of the current displayed tour dates will be posted soon. The Croydon Warehouse season is still on (see below)
David Benson Season @ The Warehouse, Croydon
Wednesday 6 to Sunday 17 April only
A chance for South Londoners (and their friends) to catch up with my latest show Lockerbie: Unfinished Business plus old favourites Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams and the rarely-seen To Be Frank - Frankie Howerd And The Secret of Happiness.
Sept 09 New photos of new show: Dr. Whom? My Search for Samuel Johnson
Click here to to listen to my appearance on BBC Radio Scotland's Festival Cafe show 14th August 2009. The other guests were Alistair McGowan and his wife Charlotte Page, and Henry Blowfeld, the cricket commentator, who kicked off the show with an off-colour story about Noel Coward. Stewart Nicholls and I bashed out Mrs. Worthington and I even got to promote my Samuel Johnson show - which starts on 22nd.
16-7-09 Book tickets for my two Edinburgh shows (David Benson sings Noel Coward and Dr. Whom? My Search for Samuel Johnsonhere
27-5-09 Prague T.V. review They love the show, hate the venue. I agree - it is a poor choice for a show that requires one's consonants to be heard clearly: it is very austere and echoey.
15-5-09 Private Eye story: I was amazed to see that somehow Private Eye got hold of the blog I wrote about my email exchange with Deborah Orr of the Independent. I have no idea who alerted them to it and would love to know (it's all right, I won't be cross). I hope it does not get the generally admirable Ms. Orr into trouble!
10-5-09 Hear an interview I did on May 6th with Peter Dixon of BBC Radio Teesdale. The interview concentrates on Noel Coward and Samuel Johnson.
10-5-09 Prague Fringe: Times Online article (8-5-09). It doesn't mention my contribution to the festival, alas, so I added a comment!
New Show - Dr. Who? In Search of Samuel Johnson This show has been long gestating and even now is not fully formed. But it is a project dear to my heart and I hope it will introduce a new audience to the great man in the tercentenary of his birth.