Yes, Prime Minister at Apollo Theatre from 6 July 2011

Thirty years ago the first episode of Yes, Minister was broadcast and went on to become television’s most successful political comedy ever. It and the equally successful sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, captured a niche in the political consciousness of the nation.

The original writers of these classic series have reunited for this anniversary production and now the Prime Minister Jim Hacker, his Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and his Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley are all back, in a brand new play.

The world, of course, has turned meanwhile. Spin has become an art form and the BlackBerry is the must-have accessory. Dossiers have been ‘sexed up’, the ‘special relationship’ put to the test and countless MPs have stood down to ‘spend more time with their families’.

But great institutions have a way of riding punches and bouncing back unscathed for the next round.

Will it prove so for Jim Hacker and his coterie of close advisors? Especially with the country on the brink of financial meltdown and the Government’s only apparent salvation coming from an unlikely quarter – a morally dubious deal with the Foreign Minister of Kumranistan.

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Yes, Prime Minister at Gielgud Theatre from 16 Sep 2010

The original writers of the BBC series, Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, have reunited for this 30th anniversary production starring Henry Goodman as Sir Humphrey Appleby and David Haig as Jim Hacker.

Following a sell-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre, this critically-acclaimed production opens this September for a strictly limited season at London’s Gielgud Theatre.

Heading the coalition government, the PM is staring disaster in the face. The country is on the brink of financial meltdown There is just one grain of hope – a morally dubious deal with the Foreign Minister of Kumranistan.. But great institutions have a way of riding punches and bouncing back unscathed – will it prove so for Jim Hacker and his team of close advisors?

‘Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby are back and in truly vintage form. The comedy remains as politically sharp and as blissfully funny as ever’ Daily Telegraph

Henry Goodman (Duet for One, Fiddler on the Roof, Feelgood, Chicago, Art, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Taking Woodstock and The Damned United) plays Sir Humphrey Appleby.

David Haig (Donkey’s Years, Mary Poppins, Hitchcock Blonde, Art, Dead Funny, The Thick of It and Four Weddings and a Funeral) plays Jim Hacker

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‘Yes, Prime Minister’ transferring to Gielgud in September

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.