One of the original actors from the hit TV series Jeeves and Wooster will be stepping into a new stage show based on the life of the book's author.
A brand-new play based on the life of Jeeves author P.G. Wodehouse begins its run at the New Wolsey Theatre tonight.
Wodehouse in Wonderland, a new, one-man play starring Robert Daws, will be running at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich from Thursday, March 16 until Saturday, March 18.
The story begins with P.G Woodhouse, the author of the much-loved Jeeves comic short stories and novels, working away at his home in New York.
Chaos ensues when Plum (as he is known to friends and family) is interrupted by a young would-be biographer, his wife, daughter and two Pekingese.
The starring role of P.G. Wodehouse is played by Robert Daws, who many will recognise from his countless television appearances in favourites such as Poldark, Casualty, Agatha Raisin, Midsomer Murders and Death in Paradise.
Mr Daws played the role of the eccentric Tuppy Glossop in the hit TV series Jeeves and Wooster back in the 1990s.
He has very fond memories of making the show, which starred Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie as the titular valet and his charming but hopeless master.
Mr Daws recalls his first morning of filming, and a conversation with Fry that immediately impressed him.
“I told him I’d found there wasn’t a huge amount of description of Tuppy in the books,” Mr Daws remembered.
“Stephen immediately quoted a passage from one of the short stories, where Plum describes him as being ‘like a bulldog that’s just had its dinner snitched’. That was such a help to me.”
Since then, Mr Daws has become a great admirer of Wodehouse’s work, and suggested to playwright William Humble that he might write a play about Wodehouse’s life.
Wodehouse in Wonderland is the outcome, and Daws is looking forward to sharing the story with audiences around the country.
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To book tickets, visit: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/wodehouse-in-wonderland/