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The Artistic Career of Corky

Jeeves in Manhattan Episode 1 of 2

Martin Jarvis performs 'The Artistic Career of Corky', the first of two of P.G. Wodehouse's celebrated 'New York' stories, starring blithe Bertie Wooster and his urbane valet Jeeves.

Recorded in front of a live audience - a packed house at the Everyman Theatre - it was a highlight of this year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature. In this one-man tour de force, as well as the characters of Jeeves and Wooster, Jarvis also portrays spineless American artist Corky, choleric Manhattan millionaire Alexander Worple and winsome chorus girl Muriel Singer. The laughs abound!

Wodehouse wrote these sparkling stories in 1925 during the period when he was enjoying success in Manhattan as a lyric writer for American musicals. The tales provide a brilliantly humorous perspective for Jeeves and Bertie Wooster on how to deal with eccentric Americans, plus how to cope with the Brits abroad.

In 2007, Jarvis's previous one-man Wodehouse at the Festival received outstanding reviews. The Times wrote: "Outshining all was Martin Jarvis in the funniest performance of the year... an astonishing one-man tour-de-force... Jarvis switched unerringly from one character to the next, but it was more than that. He caught the essence of Wodehouse's writing in a way I thought only possible through reading." Martin Jarvis received a Theatre World Award for his performance as Jeeves in 'By Jeeves' on Broadway.

Producer/Director: Pete Atkin
A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Mon 10 Dec 2012 11:30


Role Contributor
ProducerRosalind Ayres
ProducerMartin Jarvis