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I recently came across this lovely review of the latest West End Wodehouse adaptation, ‘Perfect Nonsense’ – written by CATIEWRITES at One Stop Arts.
I’m hoping to get to the show soon too.

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In a Merry Hour: Caitlin E McDonald

Repost: with One Stop Arts closing, I migrated this review here.

In Perfect Nonsense Matthew Macfadyen, Stephen Mangan and Mark Hadfield serve up – on a silver platter – an evening of dulcet-toned, dinner-jacketed fun. Robert and David Goodale provide a fresh and lively take on the much beloved Wodehouse characters Jeeves and Wooster. At the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Gentle reader, you may already realise how difficult a thing it must be to successfully adapt Wodehouse. Though a successful lyricist and playwright, his novels are largely narrative-driven, with dialogue taking a secondary role. This makes for a challenging translation into dramatic form. How impressive the feat, therefore, of not only doing this, but also assigning the full cavalcade of characters from The Code of the Woosters to a cast of just three.

The Goodale brothers have made strengths of these two potential Scylla and Charybdises by presenting us with…

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4 Comments

  1. Just to let you know – my computer wouldn’t open this – apparently some sort of security problem with the site. A shame because the little bit you posted looked good.

    • honoria plum says:

      Hi Victoria. It’s a link to the Perfect Nonsense YouTube promotion, which shows snippets from the play. Shame it didn’t work. It was my first experiment with linking to video.

      • Never mind, I’m a bit Plum-ed out anyway. I only sat down to read a few articles while I had a cup of tea and I’m still here three hours later.

        I had a life (sort of, anyway) before I found your site.

      • honoria plum says:

        Well, if it makes you feel any better, you’ve brightened my week considerably. And on the bright side, you’re sure to run out of pieces soon.

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