英殖時代駐港法官的作家兒子P.G. Wodehouse與他的英式紳士《Jeeves & Wooster》萬能管家

中秋節期間香港演藝會有來自倫敦城西的戰前經典英式紳士Jeeves & Wooster到訪,講明DIRECT FROM THE WEST END肯定是質量保証。

“Following a sell-out year in London’s West End and three successful UK tours, the charmingly incompetent English gentleman Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves are packing their bags for a trip to Hong Kong. 

Winner of Best New Comedy at the 2014 Olivier Awards, Perfect Nonsense layers joy on joy and joke on joke in a hilarious evening of theatrical absurdity featuring author P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act.”

Jeeves & Wooster是P.G. Wodehouse 在20世紀初寫成的小說,共有11本小說和35個短篇。其實P.G. Wodehouse的英親是當年英殖香港的駐港法官,但P.G. Wodehouse本人的人生卻是在英國渡過。畢業後P.G. Wodehouse還在HSBC(應該是英國的分行)打過兩年工,可是由於性格不合P.G. Wodehouse最終還是成為了寫作人。

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在英語裡有一個詞語叫”valet”,意思是”gentleman’s personal gentleman”。Jeeves & Wooster故事講的就是兩位男士的趣事。

P.G. Wodehouse 性格與世無爭,Jeeves & Wooster小說的設定是戰爭前的英國。

故事背景在1920年代的倫敦,Bertie Wooster是一個無父無母,但有一堆親戚和公子哥兒朋友的年輕富豪。故事環繞他遇上麻煩時管家Jeeves出手相救的故事。1993年Jeeves & Wooster被ITV電視台搬上銀幕,由Stephen Fry和Hugh Laurie主演,並獲得BAFTA(英國電影和電視藝術學院)獎。

P.G. Wodehouse在二次大戰時被納粹捉了坐牢,德軍說服他去做一系列以美國為對象的廣播。那廣播在英國引起極大批評,P.G. Wodehouse被指控叛國。Jeeves & Wooster小說更被列為禁書。直到他93歲距離二戰三十幾年,P.G. Wodehouse成就終於得肯定,獲英女王授勳爵士。英國評論家Hilaire Belloc曾說,如果Jeeves消失,那他們所知道的大英帝國也將不復存在。

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為了能夠在欣賞Jeeves & Wooster前更加熟習,早前問家父借了Jeeves & Wooster DVD在家研習,無奈時代和社會階層加上口音都不適應,聽Jeeves & Wooster電視劇的英語如同聽西班牙語-全軍覆沒。

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P.G. Wodehouse的作品並不嚴肅,輕鬆惹笑如同今日的輕小說。網上翻一下他的作品金句,英語都頗為艱深但卻抵死入肉,且與各位分享!

P. G. Wodehouse/Quotes

And she’s got brains enough for two, which is the exact quantity the girl who marries you will need.
The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed I suppose.
I always advise people never to give advice.
Unseen in the background, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the boxing-glove.
還有一個比較易明大家都懂笑的-
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最後是給各位探訪倫敦城西的戰前經典英式紳士Jeeves & Wooster的資料!

小聲:我查過了有中文字幕真的不用擔心!

Date & Time

14 – 25 Sep 2016

Show Schedule:
Monday: OFF
Tue-Fri: 7:45pm
Sat-Sun: 4pm & 7:45pm

Venue

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre

Ticket Pricing

Adult: $650 / $595 / $450
Full-time Student Age under 25: $565 (limited quota)
Family Package (2 Adult + 2 Children Age under 18): $2260 (limited quota)
Wheelchair Space: $450

Start Sales Date

6 May 2016 (Fri) at 10am

Event Nature

Drama (in English with Chinese surtitle)

Programme Enquiry

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