John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance will play iconic duo Jeeves and Wooster in the Olivier Award-winning hit Perfect Nonsense in the West End and on tour, replacing the current cast, Robert Webb and Mark Heap, from 30 June 2014. Co-writer Robert Goodale will take over from Mark Hadfield as Seppings.
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. It will then begin a ten date UK tour on 24 September visiting Guildford, Cambridge, Newcastle, Norwich, Reading, Salford, Cheltenham, Southampton, Glasgow and Bath.
John Gordon Sinclair 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 thriller World War Z. His acclaimed debut novel Seventy Times Seven was published in 2012.
James Lance is well-known for his numerous roles comedy series including Teachers, The Book Group, Smack the Pony and 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 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. Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense won the award for Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards.
Perfect Nonsense is produced in theWest End by Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein.
Jeeves and Wooster at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Friday 16th May 2014