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Perfect Nonsense captures the English bygone era
A comedic evening to be had by all, Jeeves and Wooster are arriving to Adelaide to provide you with laughs and unrivalled entertainment in Perfect Nonsense. After a sell-out year on London's West End, three successful UK tours and a season in Mumbai, this hilarious duo will be bracing the stage at Her Majesty's Theatre in Adelaide from 30 August to 3 September.
The highly acclaimed Perfect Nonsense stars Joseph Chance as Jeeves, who's performed at some of the UK's most prestigious theatres and in a variety of productions, including seasons with the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. Likewise, Matthew Carter who will play Wooster, has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in the West End's longest running play The Mousetrap. His film and television credits also include Wallander and The Bill.
Perfect Nonsense co-writer Robert Goodale will play butler Seppings as seen on the previous UK tour. Goodale is an experienced Shakespearean actor who's featured in a number of Royal Shakespeare Company roles, as well as TV and film appearances on Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Foyle's War and Holby City. With actors like Goodale, Chance and Carter, there's no doubt we'll be treated to a delightful evening of theatrical excellence.
The dim-witted Bertie Wooster and solver of all problems Jeeves were the most renowned characters of English Author P.G. Wodehouse's career. First appearing in 1915, Jeeves and Wooster's hilarious escapades spanned a total of 35 short stories and 11 novels with their final appearance in 1974 in 'Aunts Aren't Gentleman', which was Wodehouse's last novel. Inspired and adapted from Wodehouse's literary works, Perfect Nonsense is written by brothers Robert and David Goodale. Wodehouse was born in England but spent the first two years of his life in Hong Kong with his family. He later worked for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in London before transitioning to a full time career as a writer. From 1902 until his death in 1975, Wodehouse wrote short stories, novels, and scripts for both plays and Hollywood films, as well as lyrics for musical comedies. His talent led him to run five musicals simultaneously on Broadway.
Perfect Nonsense tells the story of incompetent English gentleman Bertie Wooster, who's called upon to play matchmaker and to steal a silver cow-shaped cream jug from Totleigh Towers. The weekend goes horribly wrong, but the ever-dependable Jeeves is of course there to save the day, whilst also attempting to prevent Bertie from embarrassing himself. The trio of actors re-enact the weekend's escapades in an evening of laughs through the vibrant characters of Wodehouse's much loved stories including Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Aunt Dahlia, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates.
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After years of adaptations on film, television and theatre, as well as notable British TV series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster have become world-famous in every respect, and it's exciting to see such a celebrated production make its way down to Adelaide.
'We are thrilled to introduce to Adelaide audiences three acclaimed and versatile performers from the UK's stage, television and movie screens, who take on multiple roles, keeping the story spinning at a hysterical pace. Their unique delivery will take comedy to a whole new level. The show is delightfully dotty, with a perfect dose of silliness and frivolity to transport you to another world.' said producer James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.
Perfect Nonsense is produced by Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein and presented in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, whose most famous musicals include Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, WICKED, Mamma Mia, West Side Story and Chicago.
Perfect Nonsene was the winner of Best New Comedy at London's 2014 Olivier Awards. Tickets can be purchased online directly at the Adelaide Festival Centre.