Jeeves and Wooster are heading to the West End! Stephen Mangan will star as the scatterbrained Bertie Wooster and Matthew Macfadyen will play Jeeves, his intelligent butler in Perfect Nonsense, a new play adapted from the books of P.G. Wodehouse. Co-written by David and Robert Goodale and directed by Sean Foley, performances are set to begin October 30 in the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for November 12.
Before the West End run, Perfect Nonsense will play a limited engagement at the Richmond Theatre in London from October 10 through 19, and at the Theatre Royal in Brighton from October 22 through 26.
“When the Goodale Brothers’ exceptional script, based on P.G Wodehouse's quintessential English double act of Jeeves and Wooster, was shown to me, I immediately knew I wanted to do it,” Foley said in a statement. “Wodehouse is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, English comic writer, and the challenge of putting his finest creation on stage for the very first time is a tremendously exciting one.”
Macfadyen’s London stage credits include Henry IV and Private Lives, opposite Kim Cattrall. His film and TV appearances include Anna Karenina, Death at a Funeral, The Three Musketeers, Frost/Nixon, Ripper Street, MI-5 and The Pillars of the Earth.
Mangan appeared on Broadway in The Norman Conquests after starring in the Old Vic production. His additional London stage credits include Birthday and The People are Friendly. Mangan’s film and TV appearances include Billy Elliot, Birthday Girl, Episodes and Dirk Gently.