Richard Bean

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One Man, Two Guvnors: Nicholas Hytner on the joy of farcing around
The National Theatre’s smash-hit comedy starring James Corden is available free online until 9 April. Its director reflects on a runaway success

Interview by Chris Wiegand

01, Apr, 2020 @9:49 AM

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One Man, Two Guvnors review – a jolly romp wearing borrowed clothes
Sarah Brigham’s revival of Richard Bean’s brilliant and chaotic comedy hoodwinks the audience into its games, but lacks the original’s taste for danger

Mark Fisher

13, Sep, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Knockouts, nobles and nukes: the 25 best British plays since Jerusalem
It is the hit that transformed British theatre. As Jez Butterworth’s epochal drama returns, our critic chooses the 25 best plays since Jerusalem – from exploited boxers to warring kings

Michael Billington

27, Jun, 2018 @5:00 AM

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The Words Are Coming Now review – urgent responses to the #MeToo moment
10 vibrant short plays by writers including April De Angelis and Richard Bean offer multifaceted, thoughtful views on issues to do with sex and consent

Kate Wyver

26, Jan, 2018 @3:43 PM

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Playwrights respond to sexual harassment scandals in series of new dramas
London’s Theatre503 will host 10 short plays exploring issues of harassment and consent, with Richard Bean also contributing

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

24, Jan, 2018 @3:21 PM

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Kiss Me review – Richard Bean's tender two-hander keeps you guessing
The One Man, Two Guvnors playwright has crafted a quietly funny, postwar drama about fertility, sex and survival

Lyn Gardner

14, Jun, 2017 @11:22 AM

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The Hypocrite review – hard-work humour from Richard Bean
Mark Addy and Caroline Quentin star in Richard Bean’s gag-heavy satirical tale of a 17th-century city governor navigating the outbreak of civil war

Susannah Clapp

05, Mar, 2017 @7:55 AM

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The Hypocrite review – Richard Bean's raucous comedy does Hull proud
Staged for Hull’s year as UK City of Culture, this One Man, Two Guvnors-style farce is a merry take on local history

Michael Billington

02, Mar, 2017 @11:49 AM

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Centre stage: the best theatre of 2017
Hamilton comes to London, Sherlock villain Andrew Scott adds Hamlet to his CV, Damian Lewis falls in love with a goat, and Ivo van Hove directs Jude Law in a tale of lust, greed and murder

Michael Billington

07, Jan, 2017 @10:00 AM

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The Guardian view on Hull, city of culture: arts for all? | Editorial
Editorial: Hull has announced a glittering programme for 2017. Its success will rest not on the glamour of big arts events, but on how it enriches its citizens’ lives


23, Sep, 2016 @5:45 PM

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Scene change: the problems with relocating plays
Moving The Maids from France to the US adds a powerful racial subtext to Genet’s original, while Anouilh’s Welcome Home, Captain Fox! fares less well when set in America. Not all plays benefit from gaining a new setting

Mark Lawson

23, Mar, 2016 @11:15 AM

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The Nap review – glorious theatrical fun from Richard Bean
Cue great jokes, assured direction and the outrageously funny Mark Addy in this delightful snooker comedy

Kate Kellaway

20, Mar, 2016 @8:00 AM

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