Monday, April 9, 2012
I'm currently in this play, which just started previews on Broadway: One Man, Two Guvnors.
It just came over from London, where it played to sold out crowds at The National Theater and where it is now running in the West End. It will open on Broadway on April 18th with most of the original cast, plus me. God knows how I wormed my way into it. But I'm in it. I'd advise you not to blink too hard if you actually wish to see me in it - but I'm in it. Innit?
It's a comedy. A real one. Thank God. The last play I was in was the opposite of comedy. Yes, the opposite of comedy, that's an apposite description of it. In fact, calling the play a tragedy would be less apposite than calling it comedy's opposite. And perhaps you've guessed this, but I've recently discovered the difference between opposite and apposite using an online dictionary, and am eager to use them both. I hope I did so appositely.
It's a truly wonderful cast, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner. And I'm living out a lifelong fantasy of being in a British farce set in the 1960's. Perhaps the candid backstage photo below will demonstrate just how British, how farcical and how 60's the whole thing is.
That's me. It's a photo David Letterman's research team will undoubtedly unearth when my ship comes in. It also represents the closest I'll come to living out my fantasy of being Michael Palin.
I would like to find this outfit one day, so I can complete the project: