The political comedy play Yes, Prime Minister has proven it is still popular with audiences since its well-received return to London’s West End in 2011. That popularity has earned it an extended stay in town, as the stage adaption of the classic BBC sitcom is now set to transfer to Trafalgar Studios 1 in June after its current run at the Gielgud Theatre ends.
Original writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn adapted their TV creation for the stage in 2010, where it made its debut at the Chichester Festival Theatre. That same year, it transferred to the West End before embarking on a national tour. A second West End run at the Apollo Theatre followed shortly after, until it moved to its current home in September 2011. It opens at Trafalgar Studios 1 on 6th June 2012.
Produced by Mark Goucher and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Yes, Prime Minister stars Graham Seed as unfortunate Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Michael Simkins as civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby. They follow in the immortal footsteps of original screen actors Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne.
Life is always filled with stress and strife, but as they say, ‘laughter is the best medicine’. The rip-roaring humour of Yes, Prime Minister is the perfect cure for ‘the blues’, and with its plotline of a coalition government facing economical meltdown, audiences may laugh a little harder when it moves to its new home – just 400 yards from 10 Downing Street.
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
Tuesday 15th May 2012