Section C: Plays and Adaptations

This database includes published and unpublished plays and sketches.

Nine of these items are listed in Section J: The Stage, which for purposes of the Collection, is included in the database as a reference resource to list stage productions in which Wodehouse was involved. The majority of Section J titles were not published. The Section J database will not indicate if copies of those titles have been donated to the Collection.

If titles have been published, are known to exist as typescripts, or have been donated to the Collection, following the example used in the McIlvaine Addendum, they will be listed in the Section C database. For more complete information on this, please see the explanatory text contained in Section J.

Of special note, it is fairly certain that the titles Anything Goes and The Three Musketeers listed in the Section C database are the only published libretti of Wodehouse musicals.

An omnibus volume titled Four Plays, containing four of the plays in this database, was published in 1983 by Methuen. The listing for this can be found in Section B database as #27a.

Many new stage productions of Wodehouse works have been launched in the last few decades. Please feel free to advise us of new titles. We will be interested in any items, published or in typescript form, of these productions.

Plays in McIlvaine Bibliography

McIlvaine #TitleBook Cond.DW Cond.FormatDateAuthorAdapted ByAdapted FromPublisherPlace of PublicationNotes
C1aHearts and Diamonds1926Marischka, GranichstaedtenEnglish adapt. PGW, Laurie WylieFrom The OrlovKeith Prowse & CompanyLondon
C2aThe Play's the Thing1927Ferenc MolnarAdapted by P.G.Wodehousefrom HungarianBrentano'sNew York
C2bThe Play's the Thing1927Ferenc MolnarAdapted by P.G.Wodehousen/aSamuel FrenchNY, Holly. London, Toronto
C3aGood Morning BillVG-HC1928P. G. WodehouseAdapted by P.G.WodehouseBased on the Hungarian of Ladislaus FodorMethuen & Company Ltd.LondonUK first edition
C4aA Damsel in DistressGn/aPB1930Ian Hay, P. G. Wodehousen/an/aSamuel FrenchLondon, New YorkFirst issue (matches McIlvaine C4a.1)
C5aBaa, Baa, Black Sheep1930Ian Hay, P. G. Wodehousen/an/aSamuel FrenchLondon, New York
C6aLeave it To PsmithVGn/aPB1932Ian Hay, P. G. Wodehousen/an/aSamuel French Ltd.London, New YorkFirst issue (matches McIlvaine C6a.1)
C7aCandle-Light1934Siegfried GeyerAdapted by P. G. Wodehousen/aSamuel FrenchNY, LosA., London, Toronto
C8aAnything GoesF-n/aPB1936Guy Bolton, PGW, music and lyrics Cole Portern/an/aHarms, Inc./Sam. FrenchNY Lon. Manch./NY LA Tor.First edition (only publication of this libretto)
C9aThe Three Musketeers1937Wm. McGuire,lyrics PGW,C. Grey, music R.Frimln/an/aChappell&Co./Harms Inc.London, Sidney/New York
C10aDon't Listen, Ladies1952Stephen Powys (PGW pseudonym)+ Guy Boltonn/afrom the French of Sacha GuitrySamuel French Ltd.LondonText in Plays of the Year 1948-1949
C11aCome On, Jeeves1960P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Boltonn/an/aEvans Brothers LimitedLondon
C12aOh, Clarence!1969John ChapmanJohn ChapmanBlandings Castle+ Other Lord Emsworth StoriesEnglish Theater Guild Ltd.London

Published Plays in McIlvaine Addendum

McIlvaine #TitleBook Cond.DW Cond.FormatDateAuthorAdapted ByAdapted FromPublisherPlace of PublicationNotes
C3bGood Morning Bill1928P. G. WodehouseAdapted by P.G.WodehouseBased on the Hungarian of Ladislaus FodorMethuen/Samuel FrenchCanada
C6bLeave it To Psmith1932Ian Hay, P. G. Wodehousen/an/aSamuel French Inc.New York
C7aCandle-Light,variant, orange cover, price $.851934Siegfried GeyerAdapted by P. G. Wodehousen/aSamuel FrenchNY, LosA., London, Torontono photo after pg.8, no ad after pg. 101
C10aDon't Listen, Ladies (in Plays of the Year)VGGHC1952Stephen Powys (PGW pseudonym)+ Guy Boltonn/afrom the French of Sacha GuitryPaul ElekLondonText in Plays of the Year 1948-1949 (pp. 535-641)
C13aIf I Were You1929P. G. Wodehouse with Guy Boltonn/an/an/aPrivately published
C14aArthur1952n/aAdapted by P. G. WodehouseFrom Ferenc MolnarCrown Publishers, Inc.New Yorkin Molnar's Romantic Comedies
C15aGame of Hearts1952n/aAdapted by P. G. WodehouseFrom Ferenc MolnarCrown Publishers, Inc.New Yorkin Molnar's Romantic Comedies

Unpublished Published and Sketches in McIlvaine Addendum

McIlvaine #TitleBook Cond.DW Cond.FormatDateAuthorAdapted ByAdapted FromPublisherPlace of PublicationNotes
CA1CricketingTS1907P. G. Wodehouse with Herbert Westbrook
CA2After the ShowTSn.d.P. G. Wodehouse
CA3A Gentleman of LeisureTS1910P. G. Wodehouse with John Stapleton
CA4Love Among the ChickensTSn.d.P. G. Wodehouse with Rudolf Lothar
CA5Brother AlfredTS1913P. G. Wodehouse
CA6aSally SmithTS1927P. G. Wodehouseorig.version C3a submitted for censorship app.
CA6bGood Morning, BillTSpost warP. G. Wodehouserewritten version of C3a, set in USA
CA7Hearts and DiamondsTS1928P. G. Wodehouse
CA8Her Cardboard LoverTS1928P. G. Wodehouse
CA9Who's WhoTS1934P. G. Wodehouse with Guy Boltonrewritten version of C13a
CA10The Inside StandTS1935P. G. Wodehouse
CA11Nothing Serious (Act 1)TS1951P. G. Wodehouse
CA12Joy in the MorningTS1954P. G. Wodehouse
CA13Summer GuestTSpost warP. G. Wodehouse

Plays Published Post-Addendum or Not in Mclvaine or Addendum

TitleBook Cond.DW Cond.FormatDateAuthorAdapted ByAdapted FromPublisherPlace of PublicationNotes
Uncle Fred Flits by1949n/aDramatized by Perry ClarkUncle Fred Flits ByDramatic Publishing Co.Chicago
Too Much Springtime1955n/aDramatized Marjorie Duhan AdlerThe Mating SeasonDramatic Publishing Co.Chicago
Oh, Kay!G-n/aTS1960?PGW, Bolton, lyr. I.Gershwin, mus. G. GershwinUnpublishedLibretto 1960 revival, add.?PGW lyrics not in Day/Ring
Leave it to JaneGn/aTS1977?Guy Bolton, PG Wodehouse, mus. Jerome KernUnpublishedLibretto Tams-Witmark Mus. Lib. ibrary, maroon covers
Bobbles & Plum Four Satirical Playlets2009Bertram Flietcher Robinson & P. G. WodehouseMX Publishing Ltd.LondonCompiled by Paul R. Spiring
Jeeves In BloomNn/aPB2011Margaret RaetherAdapted by Margaret RaetherFrom Stories of P.G. WodehousePlayscripts, Inc.New York
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect NonsenseNn/aPB2013Robert Goodale and David GoodaleAdapted by R. & D. GoodaleBased on Stories of P. G. WodehouseNick Hern BooksLondon
Jeeves IntervenesNn/aPB2014Margaret RaetherAdapted by Margaret RaetherFrom Stories of P.G. WodehousePlayscripts, Inc.New York
Jeeves Takes a BowNn/aPB2015Margaret RaetherAdapted by Margaret RaetherFrom Stories of P.G. WodehousePlayscripts, Inc.New York
Jeeves at SeaNn/aPB2017Margaret RaetherAdapted by Margaret RaetherFrom Stories of P.G. WodehousePlayscripts, Inc.New York
The Mating SeasonTim GarfieldAdapted by Tim GarfieldFrom The Mating Season
Over the MoonSteven DietzAdapted by Steven DietzAdapted from The Small Bachelor