Yes, Prime Minister Returning to London’s Apollo Theatre
The Production Will Run at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue from July 2011
It has been revealed that London theatre audiences that missed out on a chance to witness the stage revival of 80s sitcom Yes, Prime Minister will have another opportunity in 2011 as the hit production will return for a run at the Apollo Theatre in the summer.
Last year audiences witnessed the production at the Gielgud Theatre with David Haig and Henry Goodman in the roles previously occupied by Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne in the television version. On this occasion, however, the roles of Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby will be played by Richard McCade and Simon Williams, who are currently portraying the characters in the UK touring version.
Richard McCabe is a stage actor who has worked closely with the Royal Shakespeare Company, for whom he is the Associate Artist. With the company he has appeared in shows such as “Twelfth Night” at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2010, “Othello” and “King John”. His credits also include stints for The National Theatre, with whom he has starred in “The Way of the World” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”.
Simon Williams will also be recognisable to those with theatre tickets as he has appeared in a wealth of productions on the stage and numerous television shows as well. In the former category he has appeared in “Curtain Up! Lights Up! Cock Up!” at the Jermyn Street Theatre and, more recently, “The Power of Yes” – David Hare’s look at the economic crisis – at the National Theatre in 2009. In the latter category he is well known for his appearances in “Upstairs Downstairs” in which he portrayed the role of James Bellamy, plus appearances in “Don’t Wait Up”, “Holby City” and “Spooks”.
When Blithe Spirit finishes its run at the Apollo in June the stage will then be set for the return of Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby, the two characters famous from the 80s sitcoms “Yes, Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister”. In this modern version the characters are brought forward to the modern day, with the modern day economic crisis and coalition government brining proceedings into the 21st century. It appears in the capital at the same time that the Garrick Theatre welcomes Pygmalion.
Yes, Prime Minister returns to the West End with a run at the Apollo Theatre from Wednesday 6th July 2011 to Saturday 17th September 2011