Review: Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at Sheringham Little Theatre

PUBLISHED: 11:25 31 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:50 31 August 2019

(L-R) Steve Banks (as Bertie Wooster). Picture: Andi Sapey

(L-R) Steve Banks (as Bertie Wooster). Picture: Andi Sapey

Andi Sapey

The Goodale Brothers’ comedy Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is the final show in Sheringham Little Theatre’s brilliant summer theatre season this year - and from nose to tail it’s an absolutely spiffing wheeze...

(L-R) David Tarkenter (as Jeeves), and Steve Banks (Bertie Wooster). Picture: Andi Sapey(L-R) David Tarkenter (as Jeeves), and Steve Banks (Bertie Wooster). Picture: Andi Sapey

Based on P.G. Wodehouse's 1938 novel, The Code of the Woosters, the story follows likeable upper-class nincompoop, Bertie Wooster, as he negotiates the pitfalls of early 20th century upper-class society life with the help of his capable valet, Jeeves.

"What ho, Boffo!" my companion Gobbington-Smythe said with a smile as we drooped bonelessly into our seats at the theatre on Friday night.

But the very moment we'd parked our tweeds ready to enjoy imminent theatrical larks, my bally digital handset beeped loudly in my waistcoat pocket. Fishing it out and blushing like a bishop's hat, I hissed to Gobby, "It's a text - from Aunt Agatha! She says: 'I trust you will be considerate theatregoers, dear boy; please do remember to switch off your mobile phone…'".

Apologies to Mr Wodehouse, but this is the kind of show puts you in that kind of mood…

(L-R) Ryan Starling (as Seppings), and Steve Banks (Bertie Wooster). Picture: Andi Sapey(L-R) Ryan Starling (as Seppings), and Steve Banks (Bertie Wooster). Picture: Andi Sapey

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This show isn't like a visit from a favourite but dull old relative. This is a visit from your slightly mad and dangerous uncle who arrives by motorbike and hands out pictures of his chainsaw collection.

Director Nick Earnshaw has his cast change, spin and whizz by as the characters dip in and out of the plot, and the scenery constantly dissolves and reassembles anew. It is complex, precise, energetic, and hilarious.

The trio of actors faultlessly doling out the mayhem are Steve Banks (as Bertie Wooster), David Tarkenter (as Jeeves), and Ryan Starling (Seppings) - each contributing to the rollicking fun with a range of characters, entrances and costume changes all beautifully choreographed.

A fantastic show to bring Sheringham Little Theatre's summer theatre season to a close. Congratulations to the theatre cast, crew, staff and volunteers for generating six weeks of tremendous fun.

Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense runs until Wednesday, September 4. Tickets available online or by telephone on 01263 822347. Price: £9.80 - £21.00.

Immediately after the summer theatre season finishes, the theatre's youth theatre company takes on the comedy drama baton, performing John Godber and Jane Thornton's 'wickedly funny' play, Shakers, on September 6 and 7.

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