"You have to take the big set, big effects and big budget and put them on a small stage with a not-so-big budget. And there's the whole James Corden thing – the host of The Late Late Show and Carpool Karaoke played the lead in the original National Theatre production, as well as the West End and Broadway, which are big shoes to fill. Luckily, I have the phenomenal Chris Bedding to fill those shoes, after James did not answer my calls, so I'm happy."
"When I saw the rights were available for One Man, Two Guvnors, I was determined to do it. The play is loosely based on commedia dell'arte, via the Goldoni version, and it's a genre of theatre that fascinates me which added to the appeal of directing the show."
"Francis gets beaten up repeatedly and does a lot of juggling of props so it's a very active role. It also involves a certain amount of improvisation with no night ever being the same."
Singing and acting from a young age, Chris made his debut in a school production of Oklahoma! in 1990 and has worked as an actor and director with Garrick, Playlovers and Ellenbrook Theatres in productions such as Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Hot Mikado, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Spamalot. He has also competed in Theatresports at a state and national level and studied improvisation at the Second City Training Centre and iO Theater, both in Chicago.