By Jeeves (1996)

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Alan Ayckbourn
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Round

24 April 1996
1 May 1996
1 June 1996
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Alan Ayckbourn
Nichola Treherne
Kate Young
Mick Hughes
Richard Ryan
Roger Glossop
Louise Belson
Shelia Carter

Michael Townsend
Erica Fletcher
Stephanie Bateson
Bertie Wooster
Honoria Glossop
Bingo Little
Gussie Fink-Nottle
Sir Watkyn Bassett
Madeline Bassett
Stiffy Byng
Harold 'Stinker' Pinker
Cyrus Budge III (Jnr)
Izzie Nutledge

Steven Pacey
Malcolm Sinclair
Lucy Tregear
Nicholas Haverson
Simon Day
Robert Austin
Diana Morrison
Cathy Sara
Richard Long
Nicolas Colicos
Kate Young

David Ashworth
Kat Bywater
Andy Crofts
Alyn Ross

Why is this play significant?

By Jeeves, a musical by Alan Ayckbourn Andrew Lloyd Webber was the first production staged at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on its opening April 1996. The production, which would immediately transfer to the West End before going on a UK tour was itself a highly successful reworking of the creative duo's first major flop, the musical Jeeves in 1975. The success of the musical came despite some doubts about the idea of revamping a notorious flop musical.


By Jeeves was the opening production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre; Scarborough's former Odeon cinema converted into a state of the art theatre.
The musical was a heavily revised version of the Ayckbourn and Lloyd Webber musical Jeeves, which had flopped in the West End in 1975. This production was considerably more successful having a sell-out run in Scarborough before transferring to the West End and then embarking on a UK tour. It later transferred to Broadway. The revision was that extensive, By Jeeves was considered a new play rather than just a revised revival.
A live recording of the show was done on site and made available to buy in CD from the theatre shop during the run; it was believed to be one of the quickest turn-arounds from recording to mastering to CD to sales at the time.
This was the inaugural production in the Stephen Joseph Theatre's Round auditorium.


All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.