Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's By Jeeves to Receive New London Fringe Production

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's By Jeeves to Receive New London Fringe Production
 
By Jeeves, a heavily re-written version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's 1975 flop musical Jeeves based on stories by PG Wodehouse, is heading back to London. It will begin performances at the fringe Landor Theatre, located in Clapham, south London, Feb. 1, prior to an official opening Feb. 8, for a five-week run through March 5.

By Jeeves, which was first presented in 1996 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where Ayckbourn was artistic director at the time, subsequently transferred to the West End's Lyric Theatre. It received its American premiere at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in 1996, and subsequently was seen briefly on Broadway in 2001 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. In the show, Bertie Wooster's banjo mysteriously disappears just as he is about to give a concert in a church hall. His quick-witted and unflappable manservant Jeeves suggests that he entertain his audience by relating the hapless romantic misadventures of his circle of high-society London cronies instead.

This production is directed by Nick Bagnall (Entertaining Mr. Sloane at the Trafalgar Studios, Billy Liar at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds), with choreography by Andrew Wright (42nd Street at Chichester Festival Theatre last year). It is designed by Morgan Large (Flashdance, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Never Forget, Footloose), with lighting by Mike Robertson (Sunday in the Park with George) and his associate Howard Hudson, and sound design by Matt McKenzie for Autograph. It is produced by Thomas Hopkins, Jason Haig-Ellery, Julian Stoneman and Stage Live.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7737 7276, or visit www.landortheatre.co.uk.

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