Bertie and the gang are back for all-new madcap adventure in ‘Jeeves at Sea,’ opening at North Carolina Stage Company, January 23, 2019
Jeeves is back in an all-new adventure at North Carolina Stage Company — and, this time, he’s taking on an ocean of trouble.
For four weeks in January and February, NC Stage turns the satirical spotlight on 1920s highsociety in “Jeeves at Sea,” the fourth installment in Margaret Raether’s adaptations to the stories of P.G. Wodehouse. Due to the series’ local success and popularity, beginning with “Jeeves Intervenes” in 2016, NC Stage has brought the beloved (but often loony) characters back for four consecutive seasons.
For the uninitiated, Jeeves is the competent valet of rich, playboy Londoner Bertie Wooster — and, as such, he’s tasked with solving the numerous, often hilariously absurd problems and predicaments that Bertie stumbles into.
In this fourth and most recent Raether adaptation of the “Jeeves” stories, Bertie and Jeeves set sail aboard the Vanderley yacht. Bertie, the pampered guest of the lively Lady Stella, is reveling in luxurious life at sea. That is: If only Bertie’s pal Crumpet hadn’t assaulted a prince. In the blink of an eye, Bertie and Crumpet have taken on disguises to ward off trouble on the ship. But it’s not long before Bertie, masquerading as a romance novelist, and Crumpet, posing as his own long-lost twin, are challenged to a duel by a sinister foreign count.
Doom and devastation seem to be in store for Bertie’s future — and it’s up to Jeeves to sort this mess out.
Reprising their roles for yet another season of hilarity, Scott Treadway returns as Bertie and Michael MacCauley plays Jeeves. “Jeeves at Sea” runs from Wednesday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Two additional 2 p.m. matinee shows will be added on Feb. 9 and 16. Tickets are on sale now for $20-$46, depending on seating section, and special $10 tickets are available for students under 25 with a valid student ID. Tickets can be purchased online at ncstage.org or by calling 828- 239-0263.
North Carolina Stage Company is located at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville and has been producing professional theatre in its 125-seat playhouse since 2001. It continues its commitment to artistic excellence, intellectual exploration, and education during the 2018/2019 Season. For information on season passes, upcoming productions, educational opportunities and much more, call the theatre’s box office at (828)239-0263 or visit www.ncstage.org.