Review: Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at Nottingham Theatre Royal

AFTER the body count in the thriller ‘Dead Simple’ at Nottingham Theatre Royal last week there’s a complete contrast with comedy capers galore in ‘Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense’ on until Saturday, April 25.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 21st April 2015, 8:29 am
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Direct from the West End, this “spiffingly spot-on show” is now on an extensive national tour and stops off in Nottingham with Robert Webb (half of ‘Mitchell and Webb’) as the bumbling toff Bertie Wooster kept in line and up to the mark by his dutiful valet Jeeves (Jason Thorpe from ‘What the Butler Saw’ and ‘Primeval’).

This production is a real gem whether you know P. G. Wodehouse’s original novel ‘The Code of the Woosters’ from 1938, still remember the Stephen Fry/ Hugh Laurie TV series of the 1990s, or you are a first-time fan who wants to see how the Goodale brothers’ adaptation of Wodehouse’s books and style won the Oliver Award for the best new comedy in 2014.

With three characters to carry proceedings back in time to mid-1930s England the audience might feel short-changed to enjoy this piece of English whimsy. But they got their money’s worth with Jeeves and fellow butler, Seppings (Chris Ryan from ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘Absolutely Fabulous’), who is employed by and also charges around as Wooster’s aunt, Dahlia Travers, playing a multitude of roles with split-second timing.

Central to all these charades was Wooster’s heading out of town for a country house weekend at Totleigh Towers where, in addition to him being put upon to play matchmaker in a love tryst, he is persuaded to steal an 18th century silver cow milk jug wanted by rival collectors.

For further details of show times and tickets, £14 to £29.50, please contact the Theatre Royal box office on 0115-989-5555, or visit the website at www.trch.co.uk