Webb And Heap Take Over In JEEVES AND WOOSTER: PERFECT NONSENSE!
Comedy stars Mark Heap and Robert Webb will head to the West End to play the roles of Jeeves and Wooster in the five-star hit Perfect Nonsense taking over from Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen from 7 April 2014. Mark Hadfield will continue in the role of Seppings alongside Heap and Webb.
The charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves are brought to life in a new comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale. Based on and adapted from the established literary works of P.G. Wodehouse,Perfect Nonsense started previews at the Duke of York's Theatre on 30 October 2013. Following an overwhelming audience response the show has been extended in the West End to 20 September 2014.
Robert Webb is best known for his role as Jeremy in Channel 4's multi-award winning Peep Show in which he stars alongside long-time collaborator David Mitchell. Alongside this, Mitchell and Webb wrote and starred in The Mitchell and Webb Situation and That Mitchell and Webb Look which won the BAFTA for best comedy in 2007. A regular on comedy panel shows, he has also appeared in Fresh Meat, BBC3's The Smoking Room and British films Confetti, Magicians and The Wedding Video. In 2008 Webb made his West End stage debut in the UK premiere of Fat Pig by Neil LaBute at Trafalgar Studios.
Mark Heap has appeared in a variety of television comedy roles which include Brian Topp in Spaced, Dr Alan Statham in Green Wing and Jim in Friday Night Dinner. He has worked with Chris Morris appearing in Jam and Brass Eye and had a long-running role as head postman Thomas Brown on Lark Rise to Candleford. Heap has also appeared inMiranda, Skins and Outnumbered as well as 2007 film Stardust and The World's End.
An Associate Artist of the RSC, Mark Hadfield has enjoyed countless stage roles at the company's Stratford home, on the West End stage and the National Theatre including Telyegin in Uncle Vanya (Vaudeville Theatre); Roscoe Dexter in Singin' in the Rain (Palace Theatre); Trinculo in The Tempest (Theatre Royal Bath); The 39 Steps(Criterion); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Queen's Theatre) and Guys and Dolls (Prince of Wales). Nominated roles have included Grivet in the National's Thérèse Raquin (Whatsonstage and Olivier nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role) and Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales at the RSC (Helen Hayes Award nomination - Best Leading Actor).
Sean Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He co-founded The Right Size, creating over ten original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002) and Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999). Theatre credits include: the multi Olivier-nominated The Ladykillers (Liverpool Everyman, Gielgud Theatre, UK Tour), Ben Hur (Watermill Theatre/Fiery Angel), What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre/MJE Productions), The Painkiller (Lyric Belfast), The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Armstrong and Miller Show Live UK Tour.
Foley's production of A Mad World, My Masters, opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company in spring 2013. Alongside this, he is also writing a new version of Amadée for Birmingham Rep and a comedy for television based onThe Pickwick Papers for Kudos/BBC. He is also directing the world premiere of an adaptation of Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, in an immersive production running in London in June 2014.
Like many siblings growing up together, writers Robert and David Goodale enjoyed their own, very particular brand of humour. As children they created a range of ridiculous characters that seamlessly evolved into members of their extended family. It was only later that they discovered that P.G. Wodehouse had beaten them to it, in creating an entirely credible world full of even more deliciously bonkers characters.
As adults entering the real world, Robert became an actor, while David pursued a career as a documentary filmmaker, but both remained committed to making people laugh. Two years ago they were encouraged to combine their comic talents to adapt P.G. Wodehouse's The Code of the Woosters for the stage. They finally put pen to paper, and several drafts later, with the blessing of the Wodehouse Estate, Perfect Nonsense was born.