Following a sell-out year on London’s West End, three successful UK tours and a season in Mumbai, the charmingly incompetent English gentleman Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves are on their way to Sydney.
The double act will be appearing in Perfect Nonsense in the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House from Tuesday 23 to Sunday 28 August.
Playing the role of Jeeves is Joseph Chance, who has performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres and in numerous Shakespeare productions, including seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Matthew Carter, who plays Wooster, has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has appeared in the The Mousetrap, and his film and television credits include Wallander and The Bill. As well as co-writing Perfect Nonsense, Robert Goodale has played the butler Seppings on the UK tour and now reprises his role for Sydney. He is an experienced Shakespearean actor with numerous Royal Shakespeare Company roles to his credit, as well as film and TV appearances, including Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Heartbeat, Foyle’s War and Holby City.
Bertie Wooster, the dim-witted, calamity-prone English toff, and his suave, shrewd manservant and solver of all problems - Jeeves, first appeared in 1915, and thereafter in a total of 35 short stories and 11 novels recounting their escapades, making their final appearance in 1974 in Wodehouse’s last completed novel ‘Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen’. Perfect Nonsense is based on and adapted from Wodehouse’s literary works, and is written by brothers Robert and David Goodale.
When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker and also to steal a silver cow-shaped cream jug from Totleigh Towers. Naturally, the ever-dependable Jeeves is there to save the day and prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself.
Original Director – Sean Foley. Adapted by The Goodale Brothers
Perfect Nonsense is produced by Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinstein and presented in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.
Tickets are available online at sydneyoperahouse.com and ticketmaster.com.au or by calling Sydney Opera House on 02 9250 7777. Tickets can also be obtained at Sydney Opera House box office in person.
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