P G Wodehouse: What Ho!


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With Matthew Bannister, Hal Cazalet, Robert McCrum and Sophie Ratcliffe

An evening celebrating the beloved works of PG Wodehouse, from Blandings to Jeeves and Wooster.

Join us for a night of readings, music and stories linking Wodehouse's life and work, as inspired by his personal items on display in the Treasures gallery such as his Warwickshire cricket club tie with links to a real bowler called Jeeves.

With Robert McCrum, journalist and author of Wodehouse: A Life, Sophie Ratcliffe, editor of P.G.Wodehouse: A Life in Letters and singer Hal Cazalet, Wodehouse’s great-grandson and expert in the field of his music and lyrics. Chaired by Matthew Bannister.

This discussion includes readings of Wodehouse’s work from Terence Wilton and is bookended by live performances of a selection of Wodehouse’s songs from Hal Cazalet, with Stephen Higgins on the piano.

Matthew Bannister is a broadcaster and former BBC executive. He has presented programmes on BBC Radios 1, 2, 4, 5Live, Local Radio and the World Service, where for the last 10 years he hosted the human interest interview programme Outlook. He currently presents Radio 4’s obituary programme Last Word and his own podcast Folk on Foot. He is a lifelong Wodehouse fan and collects first editions of his work.

Terence Wilton has had a long and lucky theatre career: lots of seasons with the RSC, the National Theatre, Old Vic Company, the Almeida, Regent’s Park Open-Air, and the West–End (he’s just finished playing Mr Kipps in “Woman in Black” at the Fortune Theatre). He’s appeared in fifteen productions “in the round” in the glorious Royal Exchange in Manchester, (most recently as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”). Much travelled, he has acted in astonishing places: in Elsinore Castle, in front of the Sphinx, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and in palaces and castles all over the Mediterranean.

Image: Strand Magazine illustration by Alfred Leete of the Jeeves short story Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest by P G Wodehouse


Name: P G Wodehouse: What Ho!
Where: Knowledge Centre
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96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £15.00
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