CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Review: Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:51 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:40 04 December 2014

John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Archant

Perfect Nonsense is a piece of work so clever that even Jeeves, a man very sparing with his praise, would have said “Indeed Sir”, says Joanna Adams

John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

The Goodale Brothers play was indeed “Perfect Nonsense” and caught PG Wodehouse’s characters so right. Giving a whirlwind performance, James Lance brought Wooster’s role of narrator, buffoon and dupe to life just as he was written. Never drawing breath, ever gesticulating, falling, even doing the splits as scenery shifted beneath him, he held the attention and eager involvement of the audience throughout, only halting when brought low by yet another acerbic put down from the dead-pan Jeeves, so convincingly caught by the excellent John Gordon Sinclair. Somewhat over the top perhaps, but great fun, and Heavens Lance did work hard.

The play programme told us exactly what to expect. A three-man play, largely featuring the banter between an upper class twit and his butler with a minor role from Robert Goodale’s Seppings. We were still trying to work out how Lance and Gordon Sinclair were playing Jeeves and Wooster who were then playing themselves in order to tell us a story when in stormed a frightful vision in flouncing apricot, because nothing had prepared for Aunt Dahlia - or was it just Seppings in ghastly frock and wonky wig? But soon, they were all there, with Goodale and Gordon Sinclair super fast changing into, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Stiffy Byng, Sir Watkyn Bassett and Bertie’s terrifying nemesis Roderick Spode pretending to be an eight foot Hitler with manic moustache, floppy hair and side table legs. Poor Bertie never knew who was going to be on to him next!

John Gordon Sinclair, James Lance and Robert Goodale in 'Perfect Nonsense'John Gordon Sinclair, James Lance and Robert Goodale in 'Perfect Nonsense'

This play had us all rolling for two hours and The Everyman truly had a treat, because the clever script depended upon the perfect timing, near perfect portrayals and inventive props of a slick team who had honed their performances following the play’s West End accolades and a successful tour.

DO see this, and DO take your children. I took my teenage daughter, a very modern miss, never exposed to Wodehouse, too young to have seen the Fry and Laurie TV series and who was worried that she was easily the youngest person in the audience. But now she, who thinks me stuck in the twentieth century, was sucked into it herself last night and can’t wait to be so again.

-------------------

Perfect Nonsense will be running up to this Saturday, November 15. To book tickets, visit: www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/jeeves-and-wooster

Read our Q&A with James Lance, who plays Bertie Wooster in the show.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Cotswold Life

10:35

“‘Flexitarians’ can do one though, being alleged vegetarians who still can’t resist the sizzling siren song of the bacon sandwich when no-one is looking.” Editor Mike Lowe is attempting to seek reconciliation with those he has annoyed… well, sort of.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:24

Choral carol services and grand instrumental performances, with the backdrop of some of the Cotswolds most picturesque locations, are perfect ways to embrace the festivities. We pick some of the best carol services and concerts to enjoy in the region

Read more
Yesterday, 11:35

“This letting to Oxford nanoSystems is a fantastic example of how we are able to provide first class facilities for growing technology companies at Abingdon Business Park.”

Read more
Yesterday, 11:28

One of the UK’s leading training and education specialists has launched a skills hub in Nuneaton

Read more
Yesterday, 11:19

“The logistics hub is another example of where we have worked in partnership to support skills needs in the area and link our student body with future job opportunities.”

Read more
Yesterday, 11:07

“It was fantastic to see how this project is making a real difference to the lives of young people at risk of social exclusion.”

Read more
Yesterday, 10:57

It has become the 90th store to accept the gift card in Cheltenham

Read more

As well as three days of action-packed racing and tradition, there’s plenty to do away from the course at this year’s November Meeting. Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster, shares his 14 suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Cheltenham Racecourse

Read more
Wed, 15:59

From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas Fayres and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in and around the Cotswolds this season

Read more
Wed, 15:42

Property prices across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds have risen steadily over the last few years, reflecting the trend across the country. But which area has shown the most dramatic hike in prices recently, and how does your postcode and house type compare with others in the area? You may be surprised to see the results...

Read more
Wed, 11:43

Wine Wednesday’s with Vintopia of Tetbury.

Read more
Wed, 10:37

Festive a la carte menu launches in Grey’s Brasserie from 26th November.

Read more
Wed, 09:31

Cotswold Life readers enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with our compliments when joining us for our Autumn Feast Lunch Offer.

Read more
Tue, 15:01

Harnessing the power of social media, charity awards and dreaming up new projects - it’s all in a day’s work for Gloucestershire children’s charity Pied Piper and its corporate supporters

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory


Property Search