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Monday, June 19

Full cast announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's By Jeeves!

Updated 9th October:  the full cast has just been announced for this production: The Old Laundry Theatre are delighted to announce the full cast, led by Bill Champion and Nadim Naaman, of the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s light-hearted, fun musical BY JEEVES. Andrew Lloyd Webber says: "I confess that this is the musical that I privately look forward most to seeing."
 
Currently starring as Raoul in Lloyd Webber‘s 30th Anniversary cast of The Phantom of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Nadim Naaman will play loveable chump and bachelor Bertie Wooster (Anthony in Sweeney Todd - Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue, One Man, Two Guvnors - NT at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, The Sound of Music - The Palladium, Titanic - Princess of Wales, Toronto and Southwark Playhouse, Chess – Union. Nadim has recorded two studio albums; most recently Sides (2016), which topped the iTunes UK Vocal Chart.)

And long term Ayckbourn collaborator actor Bill Champion will pay the titular role of the faithful and longsuffering manservant, Jeeves (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Broadway and West End including: Henceforward, A Chorus of Disapproval, Arrivals and Departures, Woman in Mind, Damsels in Distress Trilogy, Absurd Person Singular, Comic Potential; also Calendar Girls, Sunset Boulevard, Fame.)

Bill and Nadim are joined by a cast of iconic Wodehouse characters  with:
Jamie Baughan – as clergyman Stinker Pinker (Kinky Boots – West End, Chicago - Amos Hart, UK tour);
Katie Birtill – as the cute and spoiled Madelaine Bassett (Monique in The Boy Who Fell Into A Book written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn - Stephen Joseph Theatre, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Dreamboats and Petticoats - UK tours.)
Howard Chadwick – as Madelaine’s controlling father Judge Watkyn Bassett (Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Brassed Off - Oldham Coliseum);
Joshua Manning J– as villain and jelly tycoon Cyrus Budge (The End Of Something - Old Vic, title role in Roald Dahl's The BFG - Birmingham Rep);
Oliver Mawdsley – as reclusive scientist Gussie Fink-Nottle (Where Is Peter Rabbit? – Old Laundry Theatre, Godspell - Jesus, Frinton Summer Theatre);
Naomi Petersen – Bassett’s sweet ward Stiffy Bing (The Sorcerer's Apprentice – West End, The Witches Of Eastwick - Watermill);
Nigel Richards – as nerdy friend Bingo Little (The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Martin Guerre, Les Miserables – all West End) and
Melle Stewart – as hedgehog lover Honoria Glossop (Goodnight Mr Tom – West End, Assassins - Menier Chocolate Factory).


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's By Jeeves runs at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere from 9th  October to 4th  November (previews from 6th October) as part of the theatre's 25th anniversary
By Jeeves is based on the novels of PG Wodehouse which are about the valet of a rich young Londoner called Bertie. Webber and Ayckbourn's musical premiered in 1975, and was revived in the West End in 1996. Ayckbourn will direct the Bowness-on-Windermere production.It will have new sets designed by the Old Laundry Theatre's owner Roger Glossop and choreography by Sheila Carter, both of whom worked with Ayckbourn on the 1996 production.

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