Robert will also be starring as Bertie Wooster as the tour stops off at Edinburgh King’s Theatre (11 – 16 May) and Leeds Grand Theatre (1 – 6 June). Jason Thorpe will play Jeeves and the role of Seppings will be played by Christopher Ryan from February – June 2015.
The 2015 tour will commence on 2 February visiting Shrewsbury, Oxford, Sheffield, Harrogate, Chichester, Birmingham, Canterbury, Belfast, Malvern, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Woking, Truro, Edinburgh, Salisbury, Leeds and ending in Cardiff on 13 June.
Winning 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 started previews at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 30 October 2013. Due to an overwhelming audience response, the production was extended in the West End to 20 September 2014. The production then began a UK tour at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford in September 2014 and will continue into 2015 beginning at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury.
Robert Webb is best known for his role as Jeremy in Channel 4’s multi-award winning Peep Show which he stars alongside long-time collaborator David Mitchell. Alongside this, Mitchell and Webb wrote and starred in The Mitchell and Webb Situation and That Mitchell and Webb Look which won the BAFTA for best comedy in 2007. A regular on comedy panel shows, he has also appeared in Fresh Meat, BBC3’s The Smoking Room and British films Confetti, Magicians and The Wedding Video. In 2008 Webb made his West End stage debut in the UK premiere of Fat Pig by Neil LaBute at Trafalgar Studios and has subsequently appeared on stage in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York’s) and the Chichester transfer of Neville’s Island (Duke of York’s).
Jason Thorpe has recently appeared on stage in Dennis Kelly’s adaptation of From Morning to Midnight, Nation (both National Theatre), What the Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre) and Absurd Person Singular (The Curve, Leicester). Jason has also appeared on screen in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit as well as Holy Flying Circus and ITV’s acclaimed science fiction drama Primeval.
Christopher Ryan is well known for his role in the iconic television series The Young Ones where he starred as Mike alongside Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle. He is also well-known for his roles in Absolutely Fabulous, Doctor Who and The Green Green Grass. Christopher’s stage credits include Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium) and His Girl Friday (National Theatre).
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 entering the real world, 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 several drafts later, with the blessing of the Wodehouse Estate, Perfect Nonsense was born. Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense won the award for Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards.
Perfect Nonsense is produced by Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein