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Outing Report ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ comedy at Hexagon,Reading   

30th October 2014

This critically-acclaimed play won the Olivier Award for Comedy 2014 and had good reviews whilst running at Duke of York Theatre in London. This Jeeves & Wooster play is entitled ‘Perfect Nonsense’. adapted from the works of the iconic P.G.Wodehouse.

When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on not only 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. Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Dahlia Travers, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates!

The play was non-stop comedy with multiple moving props, bicycle-powered rotating stage. 8ft tall characters, stage knockabout, shades of silent film pauses, multiple characters, audience involvement (to explain the plot and move it along) So much to see, and listen to . This comedy was on a par with the classic comedies 39 Steps, Yes, Minister, and One man two Govenors.

It starred James Lance (from I’m Alan Partridge, and Marie Antoinnette), as the effervescent, aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and Jon Gordon-Sinclair  (from Gregory’s Girl, and The Producers) as Jeeves. They certainly threw themselves into the multiple–character acting with great success and we were always wondering ‘who played who’. ’Those Probus Members who had seen the show previously in London, said that the acting was even better than in the metropolis!.

I want to go again – so much to listen to. –I’m sure I missed a lot while laughing. Those who could not go to the outing missed an evening of continuous laughter and superb entertainment. An excellent evening Thanks to Steve Duckworth for arranging it.

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