Jeeves / By Jeeves: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Jeeves & By Jeeves. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

Is the original musical Jeeves available to perform?
No. The original musical Jeeves (1975) was, to all intents and purposes, withdrawn from production following its original run at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, in 1975. It is not available to produce and there is no intention of it ever being released for production.

Is By Jeeves available to produce?
Yes. By Jeeves is available for professional and amateur companies as well as educational establishments to produce. Full details about By Jeeves and how to license performing rights can be found at www.stageamusical.com.

Which of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves & Wooster novels inspired the musicals?
Alan Ayckbourn did not adapt a specific P.G. Wodehouse novel for Jeeves or By Jeeves; the musicals are most inspired by the plot of The Code Of The Woosters.

Has By Jeeves been published?
By Jeeves has not been published as a mass market publication. For companies producing the play, manuscripts are provided with the purchase of the license.

Is Jeeves the biggest West End flop of Alan Ayckbourn's career?
Surprisingly, no (although it depends how you define flop - here we consider duration of the run). The shortest run of any Ayckbourn play in London's West End was his very first transfer. Mr Whatnot opened at the New Arts Theatre in 1964 before closing two weeks later. In comparison, Jeeves lasted four weeks before suffering the same fate.

Is it possible to buy the soundtrack for By Jeeves?
Yes, it is available as a digital download or via digital streaming across most streaming services.

In By Jeeves, there is reference to Bertie's banjo concert being in aid of the T.G.B. & S., what is this?
To answer this, I must gratefully turn to Harold 'Stinker' Pinker: "The T.G.B. & S. carries out wonderful work in the community. These works are so vital in fact that the community could not be without them. The T.G.B. & S. is a very worthwhile and commendable cause which brings the community together with all the positively imperative work it does. Without these works our community would not be capable of continuing as it does. Support for the T.G.B. & S. is crucial to maintain such good works in our community and it needs more help now than ever before. Without support, the T.G.B. & S. would not be able to perform such good works which are an essential part of community life." Many thanks to Harold for this, which I could not have put more succinctly myself and I'm sure answers any and all questions about what the T.G.B. & S. is and stands for….

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.