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James Corden And Dominic Cooper Reunite At National Theatre In 2014?


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#1 Jon

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:44 AM

Just read that Nicholas Hytner is looking to work with James Corden and Dominic Cooper on a play in 2014 if the right one can be found. Give the success of The History Boys and One Man Two Guvnors, it's no surprising but I was wondering what sort of play could they do and the first one that came to mind was The Odd Couple with Corden playing Oscar and Cooper playing Felix although it would be fun to follow the trend of Frankenstein and Old Times and have both swapping parts at certain performances. Another idea although it was recently revived would be to Waiting for Godot but I can't see Hytner reviving it unless they can do a new version of it.

#2 Epicoene

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:20 AM

Oh, Hytner is staying on till 2014 is he ?

Hard to think of a play - Government Inspector ?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:05 AM

R and G are dead?
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:09 AM

I thought of R&G are dead as well - though that's already been done by two ex History Boys recently

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:22 AM

2 gentlemen of verona
2 noble kinsmen
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#6 Epicoene

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

View Postxanderl, on 25 January 2013 - 08:22 AM, said:

2 gentlemen of verona
2 noble kinsmen

That is just choosing by title - the two gentlemen are bland parts and get upstaged the star comedy turns in the play (one of which is a dog) and the two kinsmen are pretty thankless parts without a laugh in sight. In Shakespeare you could propose Comedy of Errors with each doubling one pair of twins (except NT have produced it recently). However, it is possible NT will produce Two Gentlemen as (I think) it is one of the few Shakespeare plays NT have never staged and Hytner has been very dilligent in crossing off gaps in the list.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:14 AM

This is decadent and the wrong way round. Compare with the Royal Court where they choose the play first and then cast it. Seeking a play for JC&DC is surely more of a West End approach. It suggests that the NT is now prioritisng commercial success and potential exploitation over everything else. I can understand why, given the subsidy prospects, but this is an ominous rumour of NT degradation.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

I reckon some obscure Italian play they'll turn into a romp and farce.

And i agree it's overly commercialised, but it'd be fun, and would let them get in some much needed funds for more worthy plays.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

I suggest a new Bush comedy along the lines of Elling or Straight for JC&DC but NH wouldn't spring to mind as the best director for that.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:45 AM

JC/DC would be a great name if they formed a heavy metal tribute act
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