Comedy and tragedy take to the stage

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One Man Two Guvnors NNL-140715-131126001

Comedy and tragedy take to the stage this autumn.

Now seen by over a million people worldwide, the National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors is a glorious celebration of British comedy.

The laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate from September 22 to 27.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe.

But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart.

Gavin Spokes (Wind In The Willows at Royal & Derngate, Christmas 2013) takes the central role.

From October 1 to 18, the Royal & Derngate hosts Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer prize-winning drama Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, in a co-production with Northern Stage and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Depicting the stifling heat of the plantation, a relationship on the brink, a night of bourbon-soaked confrontations and a family dynasty in crisis, the play remains one of the stage’s most seductive evocations of the Deep South.

Brimming with emotional intensity, this powerful family drama sees Maggie the Cat and her husband Brick return to his home on the night of cotton tycoon Big Daddy’s 65th birthday.

Keeping from him the news that he is dying, life-altering secrets are revealed, tensions explode and the evening spirals into disaster as the family scramble to secure their part of his inheritance.