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Saturday, October 8, 2022

Theatre to stage Bertie Wooster farce

* A scene from rehearsals for Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.

Audiences are being guaranteed an "absolutely spiffing time" at the latest production from Wrexham’s Grove Park Theatre. 

Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, by the Goodale Brothers, was written in 2013 using the beloved PG Wodehouse characters. 

This update of 1938’s The Code of the Woosters sees hapless toff Bertie Wooster recounting a “perfectly frightful weekend” spent trying to pinch a collectable antique on behalf of his ferocious Aunt Dahlia with the help of his unflappable butler, Jeeves. 

Bertie finds his path to success blocked at every turn by frightful fascists, drippy damsels and a newt-obsessed pal named Gussie. 

The twist is that all 11 characters are played by just three actors in a series of increasingly frantic exchanges. 

Director Lisa Ford says: “Perfect Nonsense is such a fun production, a witty script, well loved characters and the charm of the Charleston era. My directorial debut with Grove Park has been 'all round top hole, chaps!'” 

Run entirely by volunteers both on stage and off, Grove Park Theatre is finally able to present Jeeves & Wooster, which was originally scheduled as part of its 2020-21 season but was cancelled as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. 

Matthew Richards is Bertie Wooster while Stephen Giles and Tim Williams play everybody else from Jeeves to femme fatale Stephanie “Stiffy” Byng. 

The play won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and its West End cast included Matthew Macfadyen, Stephen Mangan and Robert Webb. 

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is on at Grove Park Theatre from October 25-29.

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