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JEEVES WOULD APPROVE… SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 18.31PM

Wodehouse In Wonderland - Robert Daws - William Humble

Indeed he would!
Because this was [and is] a totally immersive plunge into the glorious imagination of PG Wodehouse, so perfectly observed, so deftly performed, I actually found myself back on nodding terms with Bertie, Tuppy, Aunt Agatha, Madeleine Bassett, Gussie (as in Gussie Fink-Nottle naturally) and Bingo Little.
In fact, so profound was its impact (in an entirely enchanting way) I found myself grinning inanely all the way back, courtesy of the No.7 bus, to Kidlington.
And clearly, by the size and sheer frisson of its lively audience, this was the festival’s Uno Numero draw, a red-carpet can’t-get-a-ticket-for-love-nor-money premiere all squeezed into a room the size of Bertie’s wardrobe.
It’s first ever public performance (don’t worry, it’ll be returning to Oxford next year) ‘Wodehouse in Wonderland’ is…and dammit, I hate using phrases like this… a sheer delight.
Performed by Robert Daws and written by William Humble (nice guy, I sat next to him), an Emmy-award-winning, Bafta-nominated talent, this elicited the same warmth and cosy reverence one might normally feel toward a classic BBC Christmas serial.
In other words, it made you feel good, that all was right with the world, and if, just for a moment, you really could slip unnoticed into the riotous whirlwind of Bertie’s world.

Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock