Jeeves / By Jeeves: Archive

The Archive highlights significant documents relating to Jeeves / By Jeeves which are held in Archive by either Alan Ayckbourn, the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York or The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. All material is copyright protected and should not be reproduced.

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A hand-written draft for Banjo Boy - the key song in both Jeeves / By Jeeves. This is a late draft held by the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York. Earlier, unpolished drafts also exist. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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The company page in the programme for the world premiere of Jeeves at Bristol Hippodrome, which at this point prominently features the actress Betty Marsden as Aunt Dahlia…. (Copyright: TBC)

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Jeeves was heavily revised in 1996 and became By Jeeves for the opening of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. These are some of Alan Ayckbourn’s hand-written notes for the new song ‘By Jeeves’. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)
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Typed draft for Half-A-Moment, arguably the most popular and successful of the Jeeves / By Jeeves songs. It includes Alan Ayckbourn’s hand-written amendments. This - along with Banjo Boy - is one of several songs that were incorporated largely unchanged into By Jeeves. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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A rare surviving insert from a slightly later edition of a Bristol Hippodrome programme (see left), noting Betty Marsden is no longer quite so prominent in the production. (Image from the collection of John Cotgrave)

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The cover of the only other production of the original version of Jeeves - albeit in an edited form - performed by students of Dulwich College to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of former student P.G. Wodehouse - see Behind The Scenes for further details. (Copyright: Dulwich College)

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In 2001, By Jeeves opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, directed by Alan Ayckbourn. This was one of the first night invites to the show and the post-show party.

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