The National Theatre has postponed The Count of Monte Cristo, the new play from One Man, Two Guvnors’ scribe Richard Bean, indefinitely, according to The Guardian. The play has been shelved in order “to give the project some more development time.” Bean’s family-friendly adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel was scheduled to run at the Olivier Theatre beginning in November. No word yet on what show will fill the spot in the National’s season.
The Count of Monte Cristo is based on Dumas’ 1844 adventure novel about a wrongfully imprisoned man who seeks vengeance after he escapes from jail.
Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors is an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Italian classic Servant of Two Masters. The farce first opened at the National Theatre in June 2011. After a successful run at the National and a U.K. Tou, a West End engagement followed. The production then transferred to Broadway where it opened at the Music Box Theatre on April 18.