Wodehouse magic

An award winning adaptation of one of P G Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster series is coming to the Waterside.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2015, 8:00 am
Jeeves and Wooster
Jeeves and Wooster

Perfect Nonsense was adapted by brothers Robert and David Goodale and is based on the 1938 novel The Code of the Woosters.

The stage show production won the 2014 Laurence Olivier for Best New Comedy following its debut at the Richmond Theatre and a year long runat the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre.

The show was then taken on tour.

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And it arrives at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury on Monday September 7 and stays for three nights until Wednesday 9.

This adorable production layers joy on joy, joke on joke, in a delightful evening of theatrical absurdity featuring P.G Wodehouse’s iconic double act.

When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is called on to play matchmaker and steal a cow creamer from Totleigh Towers.

Of course, the ever dependable Jeeves is there to prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself in front of a cast of Wodehouse’s finest characters.

Audiences can enjoy an evening of raucous comedy in the company of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Aunt Dahlia, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates!

Co-author of the adapation, Robert Goodale, said: “My brother and I created a monster, albeit a charming and friendly one, which now has a life of its own.

“It is much bigger than all of its component parts.

“People say that it has its roots in vaudeville, farce and even pantomime, whilst at the same time realising the true comedy of P G Wodehouse’s brilliant novels.”

Mr Goodale said the Olivier award was a huge thrill for everyone involved with the production.

During the tour Mr Goodale has taken on the role of Seppings.

He said: “When we originally wrote the show Jeeves was doing all the work, pushing on scenery and playing all the other parts etc.

“But we all realised that there needed to be another character.

“Aunt Dahlia’s butler, Seppings, was the obvious choice and we decided that this old retainer could have a particular aptitude for impersonations.

“The man is very frail and on his last legs, but when he has to perform other characters, he comes alive and lights up the stage with his energy.”

Evening performances on all three nights are at 7.30pm and there is an additional matinee at 2.30pm on Wednesday September 9.

Tickets cost from £15 and are available from the box office, call 0844 871 7607. Or book online at www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury