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Macfadyen stars in Jeeves show

Ripper Street star Matthew Macfadyen showed off his feminine side in Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense as it opened in the West End.

The Spooks star and Stephen Mangan play PG Wodehouse's famous duo in the new play. Episodes star Mangan plays foppish bachelor Bertie Wooster opposite Macfadyen as his unflappable man servant Jeeves in the comedy at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.

Together with Mark Hadfield they act out Wooster's misadventures involving a silver cow creamer, with Macfadyen and Hadfield taking on various roles, male and female.

Macfadyen admitted: "Jeeves is quite stiff so it's kind of a relief when I can put on a dress."

Macfadyen's wife Keeley Hawes is appearing just over the road at the Wyndham's Theatre in Barking In Essex, opposite Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock.

Macfadyen said: "It's lovely. We go home together. It never happened before and it probably will never happen again. We're both separated by J Sheekey's restaurant.

"We meet there sometimes. We usually get back and relieve the babysitter, but it's great. It's very nice."

Mangan said: "I would love someone like Jeeves, I think everyone would, wouldn't they?"

The Green Wing star also admitted he loved dancing the Charleston on stage every night.

Mangan said: "The poor choreographer from Sadler's Wells being given us three to get into shape - it's like being on Strictly. But I can dance the Charleston now so it's all worth it."

Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense was written by brothers Robert and David Goodale, based on the stories of PG Wodehouse, and is directed by Sean Foley.

Guests at the opening night performance included The Who's Roger Daltrey, Mangan's Episodes co-star Tamsin Greig, Amanda Redman and Harry Hill.

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