Chichester Festival’s sell-out production of Yes, Prime Minister is transferring to London’s West End scheduled to run at Gielgud Theatre 17 Sep 2010 to 15 Jan 2011 (with public booking scheduled to open this month).
Original cast members David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Henry Goodman as Sir Humphrey Appleby will be transferring with the show.
The comedy was written by the original creators of the classic BBC series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister – Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. The production marks the 30th anniversary of the BAFTA winning series which first aired in 1980.
The comedy centres on the now famous Prime Minister and Sir Humphrey Appleby facing a country in financial meltdown with the only prospect of salvation coming from morally dubious allies, leading to deliciously comic consequences.
David Haig returns to politics as the hapless Prime Minister after his recent run in BBC comedy The Thick Of It. He is a successful actor on both screen and stage with credits including The Sea, The Country Wife, Donkeys’ Years, Loot, Mary Poppins and Hitchcock Blonde, while well known for his role in TV series The Thin Blue Line, Channel 4 drama Mo and the popular film Four Weddings And A Funeral.
Playing the controlling Sir Humphrey Appleby, Henry Goodman was most recently seen on the London stage in Duet For One at the Almeida and Vaudeville Theatres. He is a Laurence Oliver Award winner with theatre credits also including Fiddler On The Roof, Feelgood and Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins to name a few. The actor has appeared on screen in The Damned United and Taking Woodstock.
Yes, Prime Minister is directed by Jonathan Lynn whose career as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor spans four decades. As well as his success with Yes, Prime Minister, he has directed films including The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations and My Cousin Vinny.
Hair, currently running at the Gielgud theatre, is scheduled to close on 4 Sep 2010.