Jeeves and Wooster revived for 2013 West End production of Perfect Nonsense
Posted: 6th June 2013
Fans of quintessential English comedy will no doubt be aware of P.G.Wodehouse's unlikely pairing, if not via his masterly books then for the successful '90s light-drama TV series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie based on his stories.
Jeeves (the intelligent and refined valet and butler) and Wooster (insufferable and idle toff, not unlike the Prince in Blackadder, also portrayed by Laurie), play off each other as Wooster's hapless circumstances and situations are deftly rescued by the ingenious Jeeves.
The Jeeves and Wooster characters make for great entertainment, no matter what your social standing, they are a double act for all seasons. Despite Fry and Laurie making them their own, neither is in a position to revive the treasured roles so it's down to two established actors to step up to the deep-pile carpet and take the fop and his stooge into the 21st-century.
Comic-actor Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Dirk Gently) will therefore adopt the role of Bertie for a new West End production entitled Perfect Nonsense. His sparring partner will be Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks, Pride and Prejudice) playing the part of the long-suffering Jeeves as he attempts to steer the gormless Wooster through a minefield of match-making mayhem and (potentially) maladroit marriage.
The production will run at the Duke of York Theatre in London from 30th October until 8th March 2014 with a selection of cheaper preview shows available until 11th November.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £57.50 to £59.50 for standard shows, or £52.50 or £54.50 for the limited previews.