Press Release: Alan Ayckbourn's To Revive By Jeeves
Alan Ayckbourn revives By Jeeves for Old Laundry Theatre's 25th anniversary6 October - 4 November at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
The Old Laundry Theatre presents By Jeeves
Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Musical Director: Steven Ibis
Designer: Roger Glossop
Costume Designer: Caroline Hughes
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Alan Ayckbourn will be returning to the popular and award-winning musical By Jeeves this autumn.
He will be directing a revival of his and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere.
Alan last directed the play 16 years ago on Broadway and is looking forward to revisiting the piece he has directed more times than any other of his creations.
"By Jeeves is a party. It's a celebration of theatre, so is perfect for the Old Laundry's 25th. I was always attracted by the innocence in Wodehouse and love the simplicity and characters, which I still find so refreshing."
The Old Laundry Theatre was founded in 1992 by Alan Ayckbourn's close collaborator, the designer Roger Glossop, who also worked on the original production of By Jeeves. This production will see them reuniting alongside the original choreographer Sheila Carter.
The Old Laundry Theatre's Directors, Roger and his theatre producer wife Charlotte Scott said: "We are really delighted to be putting on this revival of By Jeeves to be directed by Alan Ayckbourn. The original show, which re-opened the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1996, transferred to the West End and moved across the waters to Washington, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Broadway was such a fulfilling theatrical enterprise for all the creative team, cast and crew that the idea we can re-visit this piece, with its wit, pace and beautiful songs and present a large scale production at the Old Laundry Theatre (10 in the cast + a six-piece live band) is a fitting celebration for our 25th."
The production will also feature musical direction by Steven Elis, costumes by Caroline Hughes and Lighting by Jason Taylor. It will make the first major production of the play since a revised version of the musical was performed at the Landor Theatre, London, in 2011.
By Jeeves is a musical by Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber based on P.G. Wodehouse's Wooster novels, which opened in 1996 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. It follows the mis-adventures of Bertie Wooster and his man-servant Jeeves as they try and navigate a fraught tale of mistaken identities and mis-matched lovers resulting in confusion, mayhem and fun.
By Jeeves won the TMA Regional Theatre Award for Best Musical and transferred from Scarborough to the West End in 1996 before embarking on a UK tour. It was later revived on Broadway in 2001 at the Helen Hayes Theatre having also been adapted for television earlier the same year.
By Jeeves will run at the Old Laundry Theatre from 6 October to 4 November with booking now open; further details about the production will be announced soon.
Tickets for By Jeeves are available now from the Old Laundry Theatre. Further details can be found at www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk.
Posted on 22 February 2017.