Royalty Theatre to Produce Jeeves and Wooster Adaptation
Written by Abbie Burgess on 13th March 2018
The Royalty Theatre will continue their 2017/18 season with The Goodale Brothers’ sparkling comedy, Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense’.
Based upon the works of PG Wodehouse, this brand-new adaptation follows Bertie Wooster as he attempts to play match-maker with the drippy Madeline Bassett and his friend Gussy Fink-Nottle. Luckily his valet, Jeeves, is on hand to assist – and hopefully prevent Bertie from having to marry Madeline himself.
Director Alex Goodchild says, “It’s been such a pleasure for my first directorial role to be with such a classic and cleverly written comedy. Couple that with such a comedically gifted cast, and the process has been a laugh a minute. If the audience enjoys the show even 10% as much as I’ve enjoyed directing it, then they’ll be in for a great night.”
PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster stories have enjoyed enormous popularity over the years, notably inspiring a television series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. This adaptation by the Goodale Brothers won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
James Errington leads the cast as Bertie Wooster, with John Seymour playing the inimitable Jeeves. Lee Wilkins and Royalty debutante Tom Kelly complete the cast.
The play comes just a week after the Royalty Theatre scooped the top award at the inaugural Durham and Sunderland One-Act Play Festival at Arts Centre Washington, which puts their entry, Too Faithed, by local writer Lee Stewart, into the regional semi-finals in May.
Plays remaining this season are Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense’ (19-24 Mar), Temple (25-28 April), Move Over Mrs Markham (21-26 May) and The Wind in the Willows (25-30 June). Tickets can be booked via www.ticketsource.co.uk/