John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance star as P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic duo Jeeves and Wooster in the Olivier Award-winning hit Perfect Nonsense at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 1st December to Saturday 6th December, as part of a UK tour direct from the West End, with co-writer Robert Goodale appearing as Seppings.
In this raucous comedy, a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse when 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, including Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Dahlia Travers, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates.
Winner of the 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, Perfect Nonsense opened in the West End last autumn, where its run was extended following rave reviews and an overwhelming audience response.
Playing the role of Jeeves, John Gordon Sinclair is an Olivier Award-winning Scottish actor best-known for playing Gregory in Bill Forsyth’s iconic 1981 film Gregory’s Girl. In 1995 he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in She Loves Me in the West End. John most recently played Professor Marcus in the West End run of The Ladykillers. His other stage credits include the West End productions of The Producers and Absurd Person Singular. John recently appeared alongside Brad Pitt in the thriller World War Z. His acclaimed debut novel Seventy Times Seven was published in 2012. His previous performances at the Theatre Royal Bath include Seaside Postcard and The Real Inspector Hound in 1983.
Playing the role of Bertie Wooster, James Lance is well-known for his numerous performances in comedy series including Teachers, The Book Group, Smack the Pony and I’m Alan Partridge. He has also appeared on screen in films such as Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola and Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson. James’ stage credits include Celebrity Autobiography at the Leicester Square Theatre and Ingredient X at London’s Royal Court.
Olivier Award-winning writer Robert Goodale, who plays the role of Seppings, began his career as an actor. His stage credits include Dr. Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Timon of Athens at Shakespeare’s Globe; The Rivals, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, School for Scandal and Cyrano de Bergerac, all for the Royal Shakespeare Company; and Ghosts at the Young Vic. Robert has also appeared on screen in Foyle’s War, Holby City and Midsomer Murders. His previous performances at the Theatre Royal Bath include The Duchess of Malfi in 1995 and Festen in 2006.
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, 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 with the blessing of the Wodehouse Estate, Perfect Nonsense was born. Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense won the award for Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards.
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is directed by Sean Foley. An award-winning actor, writer and director, Sean co-founded The Right Size, creating over ten original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002) and Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999). His theatre credits include the five times Olivier-nominated production of The Ladykillers in the West End and on UK Tour; What The Butler Saw in the West End; The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound at Chichester Festival Theatre; and The Armstrong and Miller Show Live UK Tour.
JEEVES & WOOSTER in PERFECT NONSENSE appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 1st December to Saturday 6th December. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk