David Benson

David Benson - actor, writer, singer, director

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As the column below attests, this site has been totally neglected since March 2011 when I won the job in One Man, Two Guvnors that was consume my life and career for three years. 

Now, in the 'Lockdown Britain' of Spring 2020 I have decided to revive it, principally as a means of publishing the journals, photos, sketches and other articles that have occupied my attention during the long weeks of enforced idleness. 

I will be adding lots more new content in the coming weeks.

Thanks for visiting!

David Benson
London, UK
May 21 2020


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. 

National Theatre page for One Man Two Guvnors

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.

For the schedule, click on the photo below.

Hope you can make it - spread the word!

 New TOUR DATES for 2011

 Christmas Show: Skrewged!

I shall be appearing as Consuela (a Columbian cleaner) in the Royal Vauxhall Tavern Christmas Show - four nights only! with Scottee, Russella, Jonny Woo, Marcus Reeves and Myra Dubois


The Story Behind The Picture or My Life As An Erotic Go-Go Dancer

 Video of the Week  Joan Rivers Q&A Sundance Film Festival

Old News

My Grandfather's Great War London run November 2nd - 20th 2010

The solo play wot I directed and devised for actor Cameron Stewart in 2008 comes to London for a limited run. 


My year at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010




 KENNETH WILLIAMS EVENT NEWS - walking tour plus Blue Plaque unveiling plus Think No Evil of Us


More news...

Video of the Week  Noel Coward in Blithe Spirit - rare footage!

  • 12-3-10 I played the part of a man with a vengence, disguised as a clown, in a student film at the National Film and Television School. More scary pics here
  • 2-2-10 Clayton Littlewood: My Night Out With David Benson and Katy Manning
  • Clayton Littlewood: A Prophet, Death and Peeping Tom's...
  • 31-1-09 Carry On Banking I recently lent my Kenneth Williams to a site called iball.com for a short film spoofing the banking shenanigans in the style of a Carry On.
  • 30-11-09 Live at the Club for Acts and Actors! Three songs and some patter

    2-11-09  NEW BLOG: Journalistic Ethics II: The Box Cutters That Weren't

    Sept 09 New photos of new show: Dr. Whom? My Search for Samuel Johnson


    http://davidbenson.webs.com/festivalcafe edite.mp3
    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.

    Book tickets for my two Edinburgh shows (David Benson sings Noel Coward and Dr. Whom? My Search for Samuel Johnson here


    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.

    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!

    Blog review and photos: many thanks to site member Sean Marsh for sending me this blog about my Noel Coward show, performed recently in Darlington. Sean very kindly gave me his spare copy of the book The Unseen Kenneth Williams!

    Hear an interview I did on May 6th with Peter Dixon of BBC Radio Teesdale. The interview concentrates on Noel Coward and Samuel Johnson.

    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.

    Prague Fringe: Noel Coward in the Czech Republic

    My Grandfather's Great War - adapted and directed by me - continues its UK tour.28th

    Spook Squad
    Online comedy-drama from the innovative Wireless Theatre Company. I play the producer of a Most Haunted-style t.v. show.

    London run for Future Me

    The Scarifyers on BBC7
    For King and Country starts February 22nd!

    Noel Coward in the Czech Republic
    David Benson sings Noel Coward to play the 2009 Prague Fringe

    Future Me on tour                                                             
  •  Samuel Johnson Reading List - click here to order from Amazon


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