Jeeves and Wooster play in the West End


It’s very old news, but unaccountably I forgot to mention this on the blog: Matthew Macfayden (Spooks, Pride and Prejudice) and Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Dirk Gently) will appear in Perfect Nonsense, the first stage production blessed by the Wodehouse estate. Macfayden, whom Janeites know as Darcy from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film, will play Jeeves, and Mangan will portray Bertie Wooster.

Here’s the description:

When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker—reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can’t pull off the wedding of the season he’ll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl for himself!

The play will be performed at the Duke of York theatre in London and run from Oct. 30 through Nov. 13. Click here for tickets.

I have to admit I doubted the wisdom of casting Macfayden as Jeeves, but I guess his Darcy glower could be adapted to the Jeeves non-judgmental (but we know he’s thinking) icy calm.

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