Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense Duke of York's
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, a new comedy by Robert Goodale & David Goodale, based on P.G Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster, opens at the Duke of York's Theatre 12 Nov 2013, following previews from 30 Oct - booking to 8 March 2014.
Directed by Sean Foley, the cast includes Matthew Macfadyen (Jeeves) and Stephen Mangan (Bertie Wooster). It is produced by Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein.
When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker – reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can’t pull off the wedding of the season he’ll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl himself!
Director Sean Foley said: ‘When the Goodale Brothers’ exceptional script, based on P.G Wodehouse's quintessential English double act of Jeeves and Wooster, was shown to me, I immediately knew I wanted to do it. Wodehouse is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, English comic writer, and the challenge of putting his finest creation on stage for the very first time is a tremendously exciting one. Fortunately, in a show where casting really is everything, I am thrilled to invite Matthew Macfadyen to give us his Jeeves, and Stephen Mangan to show us his Wooster… We all aim to create a wonderful, funny, evening in the theatre that will leave existing fans of Wodehouse, and a new generation of enthusiasts, positively gruntled.’
Matthew Macfadyen is a known for his roles as MI5 Intelligence Officer Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks, Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice and Daniel in the Frank Oz comedy Death at a Funeral. His stage work also includes Nicholas Hytner’s National Theatre production of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, starring as Prince Hal opposite Michael Gambon’s Falstaff; and the Vaudeville Theatre production of Private Lives, directed by Richard Eyre.
Stephen Mangan is best known for roles including Guy Secretan in the television series Green Wing, Dan Moody in I'm Alan Partridge, Sean Lincoln in Episodes and holistic detective Dirk Gently in Dirk Gently. He has also appeared in numerous stage productions including Birthday and The People Are Friendly at the Royal Court and The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic and Circle in the Square Theatre in New York.
( Prior to its West End run the show will play at Richmond Theatre 10 – 19 October 2013 and Theatre Royal, Brighton 22 – 26 October 2013.)