Jeeves / By Jeeves: Behind The ScenesBehind The Scenes offers a glimpse at some rarely known facts regarding the writing of Alan Ayckbourn's plays with material drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York and the playwright's personal archive.
Copyright: Simon Murgatroyd
- Although the original Jeeves has never been performed again professionally after its West End production in 1975, there has been one further little known production of the musical. Between 1894 and 1900, P.G. Wodehouse was a pupil of Dulwich College and to celebrate the centenary in 1981 of the author's birth (and the opening of a new theatre at the college), permission was sought to stage Jeeves. Because of the Wodehouse connection, it was agreed to let Dulwich College produce the show. Andrew Lloyd Webber loaned the school various copies of the script and music with the proviso it could be re-shaped to a format that would work for Dulwich College Junior Dramatic Society. This then was a unique production of Jeeves as it is both the first and last performance of Jeeves after its West End run, the only amateur production of the play and also a unique arrangement of the production. It ran from 9 - 13 December 1981 and was considered a great success. Despite this and further requests to produce the play, Jeeves was withdrawn from further production.