Sean Foley’s acclaimed production of Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense has collected the Best New Comedy Award at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard.
Robert and David Goodale’s adaptation of P G Wodehouse’s much-loved novels emerged triumphant in a category that included political comedy The Duck House, Simon Beaufoy’s stage adaptation of The Full Monty and Nick Payne’s The Same Deep Water As Me.
Directed by Olivier Award winner Foley, Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in November 2013 and starred this year’s Olivier Awards co-host Stephen Mangan and BAFTA-winning actor Matthew Macfadyen as aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and his dutiful valet Jeeves.
The Goodale brothers’ comic play sees a delightful trip to the countryside take a turn for the worse as the charmingly incompetent Wooster is called upon to play matchmaker to his host’s drippy daughter and newt-fancying acquaintance.
The show, which The Telegraph’s Charles Spencer said “captures the dotty, sunlit innocence of [Wodehouse’s] work with panache” in his four star review, is continuing to entertain audiences in the West End after Robert Webb and Mark Heap took over the starring roles last week.