Jeeves & Wooster in a Perfect Nonsense at the Sheffield Lyceum Review

JeevesWooster1Jeeves & Wooster
in a Perfect Nonsense
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

16-21 February 2015


Reviewed by Jenny Seymour

We were really looking forward to this production of Perfect Nonsense, which is touring the UK following a year in the West End, where it won the Lawrence Olivier award for “Best New Comedy”.

Perfect Nonsense is a new play from the works of PG Wodehouse, making use of the fine characters Wodehouse created. Of course, we all remember how Fry & Laurie brought these characters to life for TV back in the 80s. But, as fans of Robert Webb, we were intrigued to see how he would play the role of the eccentric aristocrat, Bertie Wooster. We were not disappointed – he was brilliant.

When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker, but also to steal a silver cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. As usual, 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.

Robert Webb plays Bertie Wooster down to a tee, and revels in Bertie’s upper class buffoonery. Jason Thorpe (Jeeves) and Christopher Ryan (Seppings) are equally brilliant playing a range of Wodehouse characters to comic effect.

The production uses a simple but ingenious set which enhances the comedy and makes for some very funny scenes/moments. In particular, the car scene, when Jeeves and Wooster drive to Totleigh Hall (not to be confused with Sheffield’s own Totley Hall !) is clever and very funny.

Also, look out for the bicycle!

The cast of three are fantastic, and the range of characters they play helps squeeze every last drop of fun and farce out of the evening, making this a must-see production.

Without wishing to spoil anything, watch out for:

  • Christopher Ryan playing the part of “9-foot” Roderick Spode – hilarious!
  • The “Slow-motion” scene in act one – clever use of strobe lights.
  • Stiffy Byng’s dog attacking the Police Constable – just funny.
  • Robert Webb’s impression of a newt
  • and the “Tommy Cooper style” conversation between Stiffy Byng and her uncle, Sir Watkyn Bassett, reviewing her potential suitors – just had us in stitches.

As Nonsense goes – this was just Perfect!

Get a ticket – if you can!  This is the best comedy/farce we’ve seen since “One Man Two Guvnors”, and is every bit as funny. The audience loved it, and so will you.

Please note – the theatre only has an arrangement with the Q Park car park (you get 1 hour free parking) so bear this in mind when parking, as the car park next to the Crucible is quite expensive!

There was also a bit of a queue for the Q-Park when leaving due to its popularity on theatre nights.

Rating: 5/5 thumbs_up

Tickets cost from £11 to £26 (plus £1.50 transaction fee).

Jeeves & Wooster in a Perfect Nonsense is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield until 21 February 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.

Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA | Box Office 0114 249 6000


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