Robert Webb and Mark Heap to be West End's new Jeeves and Wooster
Preview by Jack Foley
ROBERT Webb (pictured, left) and Mark Heap are to replace Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen in hit West End comedy Perfect Nonsense from April (2014).
Webb, best known as Jeremy in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, will play Bertie Wooster while Heap, who will be making his return to the stage after a long absence, is the unflappable valet Jeeves.
The production has been running at the Duke of York’s theatre since last year.
The casting marks a reunion for the duo, who prevoiusly appeared together in the film comedy Confetti way back in 2006. Heap played the registrar who married Webb’s nudist character.
Heap admitted to The Guardian that his return to the stage would be nerve-wracking but he said he had made the decision to comeback because the production in question was “unturndownable”.
He last appeared in 1994, playing a homicidal and incestuous i>Tom and Jerry fan in Julie Balloo’s play Cartoons From A Cold Corner at The Gate theatre in Notting Hill.
Webb, meanwhile, has previously appeared on stage in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig at Trafalgar Studios in 2008 and Simon Paisley Day’s comedy Raving at Hampstead Theatre last year.
The duo will be joined by Mark Hadfield, who will remain in the cast of Perfect Nonsense as Seppings and in various other parts.
Sean Foley will continue to direct the production.