The producers are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, currently playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 20th September 2014, will commence a UK tour this autumn. Beginning on 24th September with a two-week run at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves will visit Cambridge, Newcastle, Norwich, Reading, Salford, Cheltenham, Southampton, Glasgow, and will finish their tour at Bath Theatre Royal.
Casting to be announced.
Based on and adapted from the established literary works of P.G. Wodehouse, this new comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale, Perfect Nonsense, started previews at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 30th October 2013 starring Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfayden. Following an overwhelming audience response the show was extended in the West End and will star Mark Heap and Robert Webb in the eponymous roles from 7th April 2014.
The show is directed by award-winning actor, writer and director Sean Foley. Co-founder of The Right Size, creating over ten original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002) and Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999). Theatre credits include: the multi Olivier-nominated The Ladykillers (Liverpool Everyman, Gielgud Theatre, UK Tour), Ben Hur (Watermill Theatre/Fiery Angel), What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre/MJE Productions), The Painkiller (Lyric Belfast), The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Armstrong and Miller Show Live UK Tour.
Foley’s production of A Mad World, My Masters, opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company in spring 2013. Alongside this, he is also writing a new version of Amadée for Birmingham Rep and a comedy for television based on The Pickwick Papers for Kudos/BBC. He is also directing the world premiere of an adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, in an immersive production running in London in June 2014.
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.
Perfect Nonsense is produced by Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein.
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense
Duke of York’s Theatre
Booking until 20th September 2014
104 St Martin’s Lane
London WC2N 4BG
Monday – Saturday 7:30pm
Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm
Previewed from 30 October 2013
2014 UK Tour
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – Guildford
24th September to 4th October 2014
Cambridge Arts Theatre
7th to 11th October 2014
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
14th to 18th October 2014
Norwich Theatre Royal
21st to 25th October 2014
The Hexagon, Reading
28th October to 1st November 2014
The Lowry, Salford
3rd to 8th November 2014
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
10th to 16th November 2014
The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
18th to 22nd November 2014
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
24th to 29th November 2014
Bath Theatre Royal
1st to 6th December 2014
Thursday 20th February 2014