Yes, Prime Minister Heads to Trafalgar Studios 1
The Production Returns to the West End Following Appearances at the Gielgud and Apollo Theatre in 2010 and 2011
Few might have guessed that a play based on a 1980s sitcom that first appeared onstage outside of the capital would have such a successful run of appearances in the West End, but “Yes, Prime Minister” is proving to be popular with London theatre audiences. It originated at the Chichester Festival Theatre and went on to appear at the Gielgud Theatre in 2010, then at the Apollo Theatre in 2011 (before returning to the Gielgud later in the year) and now it has been announced that it will return to the capital in 2012.
This time around the show is set to appear at the Trafalgar Studios 1 and the plot will reflect the current political climate. Part of the charm of the stage version was its ability to take what was originally a 1980s-set show and revamp it for the modern age, focusing on the plight of the coalition government. At Trafalgar Studios 1 the character of Prime Minister Jim Hacker must face political turmoil in Europe as Sarkozy exits the French Presidency and the euro continues its collapse.
The original production featured David Haig and Henry Goodman in the roles made famous by Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne and they were then replaced by Richard McCabe and Simon Williams when it returned at the Apollo. No cast has been announced for the upcoming version, though it has been pointed out that the original writers of the famous series, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, return (and the latter also directs the production). It means that those with theatre tickets should be able to experience the show as those in the 1980s would have done.
Trafalgar Studios 1 is set to receive the production in June. The stage is currently empty following the production of “Three Days In May” in March, though Trafalgar Studios 2 is currently the home of “Step 9 (of 12)” with “Mercury Fur” set to follow at the end of the month.
“Yes, Prime Minister” is at Trafalgar Studios 1 from Wednesday 6th June 2012 and though the end-date has not been specified (implying it could remain for a while), it has an initial booking period taking it to January 2013.