Jeeves and Wooster are coming to the West End stage

Jeeves and Wooster are coming to the West End stage

Posted On: Jun 3, 2013
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    For the first time, P.G. Wodehouse's classic stories will be adapted for the London stage.

    Adapted by Robert and David Goodale from the novel The Code of the Woosters, Stephen Mangan will star as foolish aristocrat Bertie Wooster, and Matthew Macfayden will star as his dutiful butler Jeeves. JEEVES & WOOSTER: PERFECT NONSENSE will be staged at the Duke of York's Theatre from 30 October 2013.

    Director Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical) revealed that the Wodehouse family are pleased with the play and have given their blessing. Only three sentences from Wodehouse's original text have been changed for the production. “We want to bring the true spirit of the characters to the stage. We'd be crazy to do anything different.”

    The roles were memorably played by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie from 1990 to 1993, but Foley has no concern about his stars having such big shoes to fill. He said Mangan and Macfayden have an "amazing rapport and chemistry", with a "comic rhythm that is pretty much peerless".

    Speaking to The Telegraph, Mangan admitted that he hadn't read any Wodehouse before he received the script,although “it was one of those things I was always intending to do.”

    "When I finally started it was like crack cocaine - they are so full of wit and joy and ridiculously good writing, I couldn't put them down. I'm really hugely excited. Matthew and I are old friends, so hopefully we can bring some chemistry."

    Steve Magnan is best known for his television work, which includes the programmes Green Wing (Channel 4), Episodes (Showtime), and I'm Alan Partridge and Dirk Gently (BBC). He also appeared in the film Billy Elliot. Magnan's theatre credits include The School for Scandal (RSC), Hay Fever (Savoy), Noises Off (Piccadilly), and The Norman Conquests (West End and Broadway), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.  

    Matthew Macfayden's theatre credits include Henry IV, Parts One and Two opposite Michael Gambon (National Theatre), Midsummer Night's Dream , The School for Scandal (RSC), and 2010's Private Lives opposite Kim Cattrall at the Vaudeville.

    Most widely recognised for his screen work, including his starring role as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley. His previous films include Enigma, In My Father’s Den, Death at a Funeral, Incendiary, Frost/ Nixon and Anna Karenina, alongside Knightley and Jude Law. Mayfayden won a BAFTA for his role in the BBC's Criminal Justice. He’s appeared in a variety of television programmes including Wuthering Heights, Warriors, The Way We Live Now, Perfect Strangers, Enid opposite Helena Bonham Carter, and Spooks, opposite his wife Keeley Hawes.