Jeeves / By Jeeves: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals Jeeves & By Jeeves.

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No. The original musical Jeeves (1975) was, to all intents and purposes, withdrawn from production following its original run at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, in 1975.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 novel 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 still available to buy new on CD from the shop section at www.reallyuseful.com and also widely available as a digital download.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.