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
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.
NEW ARTICLE: EDINBURGH ROUND-UP
My year at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010
PLUS KENNETH WILLIAMS WALKING TOUR
TWO NEW EDINBURGH SHOWS
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
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
DIRTY WHITE BOY!
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
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