Wodehouse in Wonderland

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York Theatre Royal, 20-22 April 2023

Cahoots Theatre Company in association with Jamie Clark Theatre presents the UK premiere of Wodehouse in Wonderland. based on the life and writings of P.G.Wodehouse and Starring Robert Daws. Written by William Humble and directed by Robin Herford.

The UK premiere of William Humble’s play Wodehouse in Wonderland at York Theatre Royal from 20-22 April is based on the life and writings of P.G.Wodehouse.

Robert Daws stars as Wodehouse in the play which takes place at the writer’s New York State home in the 1950s. Plum, as he is known to family and friends, is working away at the latest adventures of Bertie Wooster but is interrupted by a young would-be biographer, his adored wife, daughter Snorkles and his two Pekingese.

He share stories about how Jeeves entered his life, how he became addicted to American soap operas and why he wrote books that were ‘like musical comedies without music’. He sings songs composed by Broadway legends with lyrics written by himself, and entertains the audience with characters such as Bertie Wooster, Jeeves, Lord Emsworth, Gussie Fink-Norrie and the squashing romantic Madeline Bassett… but there’s also a darker story beneath the fun.

Wodehouse in Wonderland features songs by Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Ivor Novello.

Robert Daws is well known for his work in television including leading roles in Jeeves and Wooster; John Sullivan’s Roger Roger and Rock and Chips; the British Comedy Award winning Outside Edge; Casualty, Midsomer MurdersDeath in ParadisePoldarkSick NoteFather Brown, Agatha Raisin and eight series of The Royal as well as the BBC’s murder mystery series, Sister Boniface. On stage, Robert has most recently been playing Pischik in The Cherry Orchard with Ian McKellen. His many BBC Radio portrayals include Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson (available on Kobo and Audible). Robert is the author of the best-selling Rock detective novels set in Gibraltar and Spain. He co-presents the popular crime fiction podcast Partners in Crime.

The production is performed by arrangement with the Wodehouse Estate.

Wodehouse in Wonderland

York Theatre Royal, 20-22 April

Evenings 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm

Box office 01904 623568 | yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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