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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at Malvern Theatres

PUBLISHED: 16:02 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:02 01 April 2015

Jason Thorpe & Robert Webb in Jeeves and Wooster / Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Jason Thorpe & Robert Webb in Jeeves and Wooster / Photo: Hugo Glendinning

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Award winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense will be appearing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 until Saturday April 4.

Christopher Ryan (Seppings) / Photo: Hugo GlendinningChristopher Ryan (Seppings) / Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Robert Webb, best known as Jeremy in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show stars as the effervescent, aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster. Jason Thorpe (Little Dorrit, Primeval) will play Jeeves and the role of Seppings will be played by Christopher Ryan (Absolutely Fabulous, Doctor Who).

When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker, but also to steal a silver cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. Naturally, the ever dependable Jeeves is there to prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself in front of a cast of Wodehouse’s finest characters. Enjoy an evening of raucous comedy in the company of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Basset, Sir Watkin Bassett, Dahlia Travers, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates!

Winning Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards, the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves are brought to life in this highly acclaimed comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale. Based on and adapted from the established literary works of P.G. Wodehouse.

Robert Webb is best known for his role as Jeremy in Channel 4’s multi-award winning Peep Show in which he stars alongside long-time collaborator David Mitchell. Mitchell and Webb also wrote and starred in The Mitchell and Webb Situation and That Mitchell and Webb Look which won the BAFTA for best comedy in 2007. A regular on comedy panel shows, he has also appeared in Fresh Meat, BBC3’s The Smoking Room and British films Confetti, Magicians and The Wedding Video. In 2008 Webb made his West End stage debut in the UK premiere of Fat Pig by Neil LaBute at Trafalgar Studios and has subsequently appeared on stage in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York’s) and the Chichester transfer of Neville’s Island (Duke of York’s).

Jason Thortpe (Jeeves), Robert Webb (Bertie Wooster) and Christopher Ryan (Seppings) / Photo: Hugo GlendinningJason Thortpe (Jeeves), Robert Webb (Bertie Wooster) and Christopher Ryan (Seppings) / Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Jason Thorpe has recently appeared on stage in Dennis Kelly’s adaptation of From Morning to Midnight, Nation (both National Theatre), What the Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre) and Absurd Person Singular (The Curve, Leicester). Jason has also appeared on screen in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit as well as Holy Flying Circus and ITV’s acclaimed science fiction drama Primeval.

Christopher Ryan is well known for his role in the iconic television series The Young Ones where he starred as Mike alongside Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle. He is also well-known for his roles in Absolutely Fabulous, Doctor Who and The Green Green Grass. Christopher’s stage credits include Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium) and His Girl Friday (National Theatre).

Like many siblings growing up together, writers Robert and David Goodale enjoyed their own, very particular brand of humour. As children they created a range of ridiculous characters that seamlessly evolved into members of their extended family. It was only later that they discovered that P.G. Wodehouse had beaten them to it, in creating an entirely credible world full of even more deliciously bonkers characters.

As adults entering the real world, Robert became an actor, while David pursued a career as a documentary filmmaker, but both remained committed to making people laugh. Two years ago they were encouraged to combine their comic talents to adapt P.G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters for the stage. They finally put pen to paper, and several drafts later, with the blessing of the Wodehouse Estate, Perfect Nonsense was born. Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense won the award for Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards.

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Jeeves and Wooster will be appearing at Malvern Theatres from Monday March 30 to Saturday April 4. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office 01684 892277 and online at malvern-theatres.co.uk.

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