By Jeeves

Inspired by P.G Wodehouse’s beloved stories, By Jeeves is as refreshing and English as a cup of tea!

Photo: Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells 2014, photograph by David Bartholomew
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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book & Lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn

Based on the Jeeves stories by P.G. Wodehouse.

By Jeeves is a musical in two acts and a celebration of great British traditions. It is a totally rewritten version of a 1975 production from two of UK theatre’s biggest names, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn.

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. An impromptu theatrical extravaganza unfolds, with Jeeves serving as writer, composer, director and props master.

Featuring farcical sight gags, nimble word-play, ingenious staging and 13 delightful songs, By Jeeves is a love letter to amateur dramatics. Appropriate for audiences of all ages, there are ten (mainly male) principal roles and the show is suitable for everyone from secondary school students to professionals to perform.

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Size of orchestra: Small/Combo

Genre: Adaptation (Literature) Comedy Family Period

Vocal demands: Easy

Dance Requirements: Minimal

Cast Size: Small

Casting Opportunities: Mostly Men Star Vehicle Male

Performance groups

Amateur Society College Professional Secondary School University Youth Group

Videos from the show

  • “Code of the Woosters”
  • “Half a Moment”
  • “It’s a Pig”
  • “By Jeeves” sung by the Theydon Bois Drama Society in January 2009
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