The West End's Duke Of York's Theatre will say 'toodle pip' to its presently incumbent stars Stephen Mangan and Matthew McFadyen, and 'what-ho!' to Mark Heap and Robert Webb, when they take over the roles of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense on 7 April.
Webb is best known for his TV comedy partnership with David Mitchell in Peep Show and That Mitchell And Webb Look, and his stage credits include Raving at Hampstead Theatre and Fat Pig at Trafalgar Studios.
Heap is a much-loved figure to fans of cult Brit comedy, thanks to his work in TV series Spaced, Green Wing and Look Around You. He's returning to the stage after an absence of twenty years, lured, he says, by PG Wodehouse's 'stunning' prose. He last appeared on the boards in Cartoons From A Cold Corner at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill in 1994. Prior to that he was part of street theatre double act Two Marks and performed with The Medieval Players.
Mark Hadfield will remain in the cast of Perfect Nonsense, playing Seppings and other parts.
A play within a play, Perfect Nonsense is based on The Code Of The Woosters, one of PG Wodehouse's best novels about hapless-but-loveable toff Bertie Wooster and his unflappable manservant Jeeves.
When a trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker – reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle.
The play is directed by Sean Foley and is currently taking bookings 'til September.