WEST END PREMIERE 30 OCTOBER 2013
A New Play adapted from the works of P.G. Wodehouse
Join Stephen Mangan as the effervescent, aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and Matthew Macfadyen as his dutiful valet, Jeeves in the world premiere of the new stage play ‘Perfect Nonsense’ featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act.
Jeeves and Wooster
When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie 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. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can’t pull off the wedding of the season he’ll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl himself!
Join us for an evening of ‘Perfect Nonsense’ with two of the finest comedy actors of their generation and be the first to see this hilarious new comedy before its West End Premiere. We hope Plum would be proud!
A NEW PLAY FROM THE WORKS OF P.G. WODEHOUSE
BY THE GOODALE BROTHERS
DIRECTED BY SEAN FOLEY
Join Stephen Mangan the effervescent, aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and Matthew MacFadyen as his dutiful valet Jeeves for an evening of ‘Perfect Nonsense’ in the world premiere of a new stage play featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act.
When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie 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. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can’t pull off the wedding of the season he’ll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl for himself!
Join us for an evening of ‘Perfect Nonsense’ with two of the finest actors of their generation and the first to see this hilarious new comedy before it’s West End Premiere. We hope Plum would be proud!
Matthew Macfadyen’s early films included Ben Elton’s Maybe Baby, with Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson; Michael Apted’s Enigma; Paul McGuigan’s The Reckoning; and Brad McGann’s In My Father’s Den. The latter attracted attention from the worldwide film industry, earning Mr. Macfadyen the New Zealand Screen Award and a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination for Best Actor. Among his subsequent features have been Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, as the Sheriff of Nottingham; Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers, as Athos; Frank Oz’s Death at a Funeral; Sharon Maguire’s Incendiary; and Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon, for which he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his fellow actors from the ensemble. In addition to his acclaimed portrayal of Oblonsky in Anna Karenina, Matthew previously starred opposite Keira Knightley for director Joe Wright in the celebrated Pride & Prejudice, for which he received a London Critics’ Circle Film Award nomination.
On graduating from RADA, Matthew joined the innovative Cheek by Jowl theatre company making his professional stage debut in the troupe’s production of The Duchess of Malfi. He also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), in productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and School for Scandal, and on international tours. In 1998, Mr. Macfadyen starred again with Cheek by Jowl, as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, opposite Saskia Reeves as Beatrice. The production “crossed the pond” to the U.S., playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In 1999, he was nominated for the prestigious RSC Ian Charleson Award for Best Classical Actor under 30. His stage work also includes Nicholas Hytner’s National Theatre production of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, starring as Prince Hal opposite Sir Michael Gambon’s Falstaff; and the Vaudeville Theatre production of Private Lives, starring opposite Kim Cattrall for director Richard Eyre.
He is also well-known to audiences worldwide for his portrayal of government agent Tom Quinn in the first three seasons of the long-running hit series MI-5 (titled Spooks in the U.K.). He starred on the acclaimed series alongside Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, and Peter Firth.
Matthew was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for his first television starring role, in Peter Kosminsky’s BAFTA Award-winning BBC drama Warriors. He has starred in several notable miniseries and telefilms, including Rowan Joffe’s Secret Life, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination; James Hawes’ Enid, opposite Helena Bonham Carter; Stephen Poliakoff’s Perfect Strangers; David Yates’ BAFTA Award-winning The Way We Live Now; Sergio Mimica-Gezzan’s The Pillars of the Earth; Michael Samuels’ Any Human Heart; Little Dorrit and Criminal Justice, for which he won a BAFTA Award; and, most recently, Ripper Street which returns to our screens soon.
Stephen is about to start filming on the 3rd series of EPISODES. His most recent stage performance was the role of Ed in THE BIRTHDAY at The Royal Court. He has also filmed Ron Howard’s feature RUSH, as well as the title role of DIRK GENTLY series 2 for ITV and the second series of the hit BBC2 comedy EPISODES alongside Matt Le Blanc.
Stephen studied at Cambridge University, where he gained a Master of Arts in Law, and trained at RADA, graduating in July 1994. Stephen was Highly Commended in the 1994 BBC Radio Carlton Hobbs Award.