Going into the play tonight I had preconceived visions of Jeeves & Wooster rigidly in the formation of Fry & Laurie.
But actors Robert Webb, Jason Thorpe and Christopher Ryan soon put that to rest.
What could have so easily been a mediocre interpretation of a Wodehouse play was instead an imaginative reworking with hints of Pratchett and Bottom in it’s ironic interaction with the audience.
Set in stunning surroundings of the Grand Opera House with an impressive mix of demographics the empty seats though few were soon filled with the sound of laughter and groans as the meagre cast manipulated both set and onlookers as they wove a Woosterish web which not only begged the audience to be involved but revelled in it’s joy of the slapstick mentality of the plays delivery, a highly recommended view.
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense runs at the Grand Opera House until Saturday March 28.
Tickets are priced from £19.75 and are available from 028 9024 1919, www.goh.co.uk or in person at the theatre’s Box Office located in the foyer.
Review By Ciaran McElhinney