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Robert-daws
Robert Daws

Wodehouse in Wonderland by William Humble

Robert Daws

Sunday, 31 March 2019

4:00pm

1 hour 40 minutes

Randolph Hotel: Ballroom

£8 - £15

Actor and writer Robert Daws gives a performed reading of a new play based on the life and writings of P G Wodehouse with musical accompaniment featuring works composed by Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Ivor Novello and Wodehouse’s lyrics.

The play, written by William Humble and performed by arrangement with the Wodehouse estate, takes place in Wodehouse’s New York State home in the 1950s. Plum, as he is known to family and friends, is working on the latest adventures of Bertie Wooster. He is interrupted by a young would-be biographer, his wife, his daughter Snorkles and the family dogs. He shares stories about how Jeeves entered his life, how he became addicted to American soap operas and why he wrote books that were “like musical comedies without music”. He sings songs composed by Broadway legends with lyrics written by himself and entertains the audience with characters such as Bertie Wooster, Jeeves, Lord Emsworth, Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeline Bassett.

Daws has appeared in many television series including The Royal, New Tricks and Doc Martin. He was nominated for best comedy actor at the British Comedy Awards for his portrayal of pompous cricket captain Roger Dervish in the ITV comedy drama Outside Edge. He played Tuppy Glossop in the early 1990s version of Jeeves and Wooster that starred Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. More recently, Daws has written a number of crime novels set in Gibraltar, The Rock, The Poisoned Rock, and The Killing Rock.

Humble has written many highly acclaimed films for BBC television including Emmy-award-winning On Giant’s Shoulders, starring Judi Dench, Bafta-nominated Hancock, starring Alfred Molina, and Virtuoso, also starring Alfred Molina with Alison Steadman. His stage plays include What a Performance, starring David Suchet, and Facades, starring Frances de la Tour as Edith Sitwell and directed by Simon Callow.

This event lasts one hour 40 minutes including a 20-minute interval.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden