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The Vintage Guide To London | December 18, 2017

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Must see: Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Must see: Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

The idea of PG Woodhouse’s The Code of the Woosters being given the post-modern treatment, you know, the play-within-a-play scenario where both protagonists and audience are in on the joke, might sound like a potential disaster.

Yet witty production Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense simply nails it. It’s fun and charming with a perfect balance between physical slapstick and deadpan acting, all the while treating Woodhouse’s original material and the much-loved array of characters – Aunt Dahlia, Gussie Fink-Nottle and Stiffy Byng all make an appearance – with respect and admiration.

Wooster has decided to retell one of his classic mishaps through the medium of theatre, bringing his story to life with the help of Jeeves and Aunt Dahlia’s buter Seppings who help by creating stage props and acting out the full range of characters (Jeeves as Madeline Bassett is a knock out).

The rest of the plot features the usual Wooster disaster of blackmailing relatives, misunderstandings and tempestuos engagements.

The three man cast – Stephen Mangan as Wooster, Matthew Macfadyen as Jeeves and Mark Hadfield as Seppings the butler – are faultless yet the two leads will be handing over to the equally promising Mark Heap and Robert Webb in April.

A must see!