Thursday, 26 June 2014

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense to extend run at the Duke of York’s Theatre

‘What ho! Turns out, Jeeves and I belong on stage. I’m having a splendid time at the Duke of York’s Theatre with Jeeves and we shall continue recounting the complex case of that ghastly girl Gussie Fink-Nottle, my Aunt Dahlia and that dastardly cow-creamer until 17 January 2015. Of course Jeeves will be in touch in due course to update everyone with any information you might require to enjoy a topping night at the theatre’ – Bertie Wooster  

The Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense will extend its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 17 January 2015. As previously announced, John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance will play the iconic duo, replacing the current cast, Robert Webb and Mark Heap, from 30 June 2014 until 20 September at Duke of York’s Theatre before embarking on a UK tour this autumn. Casting for the West End extension will be announced in due course.

The tour will commence on 24September visiting Guildford, Cambridge, Newcastle, Norwich, Reading, Salford, Cheltenham, Southampton, Glasgow and Bath.  Further tour dates will be announced soon.

Winning Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards, the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves are brought to life in this highly acclaimed comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale. Based on and adapted from the established literary works of P.G. Wodehouse, Perfect Nonsense started previews at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 30 October 2013. Due to an overwhelming audience response, the production was extended in the West End to 20 September 2014.

Perfect Nonsense is produced in the West End by Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein.

John Gordon Sinclair (Jeeves) is an Olivier Award-winning Scottish actor best-known for playing Gregory in Bill Forsyth’s iconic 1981 film Gregory’s Girl. In 1995 he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in She Loves Me (West End). John most recently played Professor Marcus in the West End run of The Ladykillers. Other stage credits include The Producers, Absurd Person Singular (both West End) and The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory). John recently appeared alongside Brad Pitt in the thrillerWorld War Z. His acclaimed debut novel Seventy Times Seven was published in 2012.

James Lance (Bertie Wooster) is well-known for his numerous roles comedy series including Teachers, The Book Group, Smack the Ponyand I’m Alan Partridge. He has also appeared on screen in films such as Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola and Bel Ami which starred Robert Pattinson. James’ stage credits include Celebrity Autobiography (Leicester Square Theatre) and Ingredient X (Royal Court).

Robert Goodale (Seppings) is an Olivier Award-winning writer whose career began as an actor. His stage credits include Dr. Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Rivals, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, School for Scandal and Cyrano de Bergerac (Royal Shakespeare Company); Vanya (The Gate Theatre) and Ghosts (Young Vic). Robert has also appeared on screen in Foyle’s War, Holby City and Midsommer Murders.

Like many siblings growing up together, writers Robert and David Goodale enjoyed their own, very particular brand of humour. As children they created a range of ridiculous characters that seamlessly evolved into members of their extended family. It was only later that they discovered that P.G. Wodehouse had beaten them to it, in creating an entirely credible world full of even more deliciously bonkers characters.

As adults entering the real world, Robert became an actor, while David pursued a career as a documentary filmmaker, but both remained committed to making people laugh. Two years ago they were encouraged to combine their comic talents to adapt P.G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters for the stage. They finally put pen to paper, and several drafts later, with the blessing of the Wodehouse Estate, Perfect Nonsense was born.
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