PG Wodehouse's classic characters Jeeves and Wooster are being brought to the stage, with Stephen Mangan playing the dim aristocrat and Spooks star Matthew Macfadyen his trusty butler.

Perfect Nonsense, adapted from Wodehouse's stories by brothers Robert and David Goodale, will open in London's West End in October.

Stephen said: "I am ridiculously excited at the prospect of playing the mentally negligible Bertie Wooster on stage and can hardly wait to stagger into the glorious sunshine of Wodehouse's world.

"And with Jeeves, in the shape of Matthew Macfadyen, by my side, what could possibly go wrong?"

The play will be directed by Sean Foley who said he was "thrilled" by the challenge of re-creating Wodehouse's world on stage.

He said: "We all aim to create a wonderful, funny evening in the theatre that will leave existing fans of Wodehouse, and a new generation of enthusiasts, positively gruntled."

Matthew said: "This play from Bobby and David Goodale is an absolute hoot - a wonderfully crafted and joyful bit of perfect nonsense and I am delighted to be a part of it. I'm also especially pleased to be working again with the supremely talented Messrs Mangan and Foley."

The characters, who appeared in dozens of stories, were played on television by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in the 1990s.