West End casts create a stir with new star castings



A bustle of excitement has fallen on the West End with the announcement of cast changes at Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and Jeeves & Wooster.

Jeeves and Wooster

Mark Heap and Robert Webster to star in Jeeves and Wooster at the Duke of York’s theatre in London

From 7 April 2014 a new Jeeves and Wooster will be in town as comedy stars Mark Heap and Robert Webb will arrive at the Duke of York’s Theatres to play to charming duo in the highly-acclaimed comedy, Perfect Nonsense. The pair will relieve current stars, Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen, who have played the chinless charms of the butler-aristocrat duo since the show began in October last year.


Based on and adapted from the established literary works of P.G Woodhouse, Perfect Nonsense has enjoyed great reviews, dubbed for its “razor-sharp ingenuity”, which “has the audience in the palm of its hand.”


Robert Webb, who will play Bertie Wooster, is best known for his TV collaborations with David Mitchell and for his role of as Jeremy in Channel 4’s sitcom Peep Show. Webb’s stage credits include Neil Labute;s Fat Pig at Trafalgar Studios in 2008. Robert Heap will take over as the unflappable valet Jeeves. Heap was last on the stage in 1994 when he appeared at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill playing a homicidal Tom and Jerry fan in Julie Balloo’s play ‘Cartoons from a Cold Corner.’


The two actors have previously worked together in 2006 on the improvised comedy Confetti. Mark Hadfield will remain playing Seppings and various other parts in the show.


Jeeves and Wooster Perfect Nonsense will run until 20 September, 2014. You can pick up tickets to watch the remodelled cast work Jeeves and Woosters’ magic here

Alex Jennings named as new Willy Wonka

Alex Jennings Charlie and the Chocolate factory musical

Meanwhile over at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, from 19 May 2014, Alex Jennings will take over from Douglas Hodge as the new Willy Wonka in the spellbinding production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


Having won an Olivier award in 2003 for the musical, Jennings’ acting credentials need little introduction. The acclaimed actor has also won Oliver awards for the comedy ‘Too Clever By Half’ and for Peer Gynt. Other credits include The Habit of Art at the National Theatre, where Jennings is an associate, Untold Stories and Collaborators.


Directed by Skyfall’s Sam Mendes, the classic Road Dahl story has been adapted for the stage by David Greig. A man who has been praised for his “supreme versatility” promises to play the enigmatic sweet shop owner impeccably.


Esteemed for its “ingenious stagecraft”, the musical opened in June 2013. Last month it was announced the show broke the West End’s weekly box-office record for the second time.


Buy tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory here and watch Jennings and the rest of the cast bring Road Dahl’s magical characters to life.