The new production of By Jeeves at London's Landor Theatre opens on 1st February for a 5 week run. Bertie Wooster is being played by Kevin Trainor, seen recently as Billy in Jonathan Harvey’s Canary at Hampstead Theatre and Trent Conway in Six Degrees of Separation at the Old Vic. Jeeves is being played Paul M. Meston (Paul in Steven Berkoff’s Messiah: Scenes from an Execution).
The cast is completed by Brendan Cull as Harold “Stinky” Pinker (his credits include Flashdance and Spamalot in the West End); Owain Rhys Davies as Bingo; Helen George as Madeleine (The Woman in White, High School Musical); Tim Hudson as Sir Watkyn Bassett; Jenni Maitland as Stiffy; David Menkin as Cyrus; Charlotte Mills as Honoria (Jerusalem at The Royal Court, West End and on Broadway later in 2011); and Andrew Pepper as Gussie (Mary Poppins in the West End and most recently the title role of the Scarecrow in The Scarecrow and his Servant at Southwark Playhouse).
By Jeeves, based on the stories of Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, is directed by Nick Bagnall (Entertaining Mr Sloane at Trafalgar Studios and the recent 50th anniversary production of Billy Liar at the West Yorkshire Playhouse). The new tap-inspired choreography is by Andrew Wright, who recently won rave reviews for 42nd Street at Chichester Festival Theatre. Production design is by Morgan Large, whose West End credits include Flashdance, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Footloose; Lighting Design is by Olivier Award winning Mike Robertson (Sunday in the Park With George) and his associate Howard Hudson; Sound Design is by Matt McKenzie for Autograph.
By Jeeves is produced by Thomas Hopkins, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Julian Stoneman, Stage Live.
By Jeeves features 13 songs composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn. It is as refreshingly English as a gin and tonic! When Bertie Wooster's banjo mysteriously disappears just as he is about to give a concert in a church hall, his quick-witted and unflappable manservant Jeeves suggests that he entertain his audience by relating the hapless romantic misadventures of his circle of high-society London cronies...
The press have recently been united in their praise for the Landor Theatre’s 2010 slate of musicals and have hailed the venue as a new powerhouse for musicals.