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Familiar face ready to step into classic comedy shoes

Malvern Editorial 28th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PEEPSHOW star Robert Webb will perform in Malvern later this year in stage comedy Jeeves and Wooster Perfect Nonsense.

Webb, who many will recognise as Jeremy from the long-running Channel 4 sitcom, plays Bertie Wooster in the production which comes to Malvern Theatres at the end of March for a week.

The play has been adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers and from the outset tries to stay faithful to the books as Bertie proceeds to tell a story about a weekend gone wrong – much like he narrates in first person in the books.

What follows is a farcical tale which sees Bertie play matchmaker and at the same time try and steal a cow-shaped cream jug from Totleigh Towers.

Meanwhile the dependable butler Jeeves, played by Jason Thorpe who also takes on other roles in the production, is on hand to stop Bertie making a fool of himself.

Webb told the Observer: “So my character Bertie Wooster finds himself chatting about his horrendous weekend at his auntie’s house. This is what the audience sees.

“He hasn’t the first clue about putting on a show and Jeeves is busy building the set behind him while he also plays half the characters.”

The Lincolnshire born actor, who is one half of comedy due Mitchell and Webb, said the play was ‘completely different’ from Peepshow which he described as possibly the ‘rudest show on television’.

“It is a big family show, entirely benign and slapstick,” he said. “It’s very high energy, theatrical and fast paced with a lot of running around on stage. It was such a joy to do earlier in the year so I jumped at the chance to do it again.

“Audiences can expect a fun packed and physical night at the theatres,” said Webb who will be making his first visit to Malvern to act in the play.

Meanwhile Peepshow fans are gearing themselves up for the ninth and final series of the show, which is the longest running comedy in Channel 4’s history.

Webb added: “They [writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain] work very hard on the script and they just found they had two very good characters.”

Jeeves and Wooster runs at Malvern Theatres from Monday, March 30 to Saturday, April 4. Tickets cost between £15.12 and £29.68 and can be booked online at www.malvern-theatres.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01684 892 277.

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