Yes, Prime Minister

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Yes, Prime Minister is the biting and side-splitting political play that returned to London’s West End in July 2011, following a hugely successful national tour and a previous sell-out London run at the Gielgud Theatre in 2010. It takes the satirical genius of the 1980s hit BBC sitcom of the same name and updates it for the Blackberry generation, resulting in a raucous and highly modern condemnation of the political machinations at work behind our country’s key figures.

Brought to the stage by the original TV writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the much-loved (or reviled) characters of Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby are back to wade through the morally ambiguous waters of contemporary politics. Heading a tension-ridden coalition government and with a country on the brink of economic crisis, PM Jim Hacker is surrounded by dubious advisors and is himself on the verge of panic. A glimpse of rescue comes in the form of the ambassador of oil-rich Asian state Kumranistan, but to make it a reality Hacker must facilitate an ethically questionable deal…will inept civil servants, media saturation and desperate ambition triumph over morality?

Cast Information

Simon Williams and the Oliver award-nominated Richard McCabe continued in their roles from the UK-wide tour as Sir Humphrey Appleby and Prime Minister Jim Hacker. Chris Larkin played Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, and Charlotte Lucas accompanied him as the Special Policy Advisor, Claire Sutton. The Kumranistan Ambassador was portrayed by Kevork Malikyan, and the media was represented by Jonathan Coote as Jeremy Burnham, the Director-General of the BBC, and Michael Fenton Stevens as BBC presenter Simon Chester.

Critics’ reviews

Daily Telegraph Logo“A telling satire on the unscrupulousness of government, this updated stage version of the TV sitcom reduces its audience to helpless hilarity.”
Charles Spencer at the Telegraph


London Evening Standard Logo“A delightful stream of one-liners…David Cameron and Ed Miliband should treat themselves to an instructive night out.”
Fiona Mountfort at the London Evening Standard



The Guardian Logo“The whole point of this buoyant farce, with its references to everything from politicians’ fear of the Daily Mail to the tacky commercialism of the BBC, is that it locates its madness in a world we all recognise.”
Michael Billington at the Guardian