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Producers say Yes, Prime Minister to a West End Relocation to the Gielgud Theatre

Saturday, 6th Aug 2011  

The Production, Currently Running at the Apollo Theatre, will Transfer to the Gielgud in September 2011

With “Jerusalem” recently announced for a West End-return later in the year at the Apollo Theatre, the current production “Yes, Prime Minister” would clearly be unable to extend its stay at the venue past its September end-date. But thanks to news that has emerged today it is clear that the show will still have a West End home as it is set to transfer to the Gielgud Theatre from September to November 2011, filling the gap left by the recently-closed “Lend Me a Tenor the Musical”.

Yes, Prime Minister” has been at the Gielgud Theatre before as this was its original West End home. Last year the stage adaptation of the classic 1980s sitcom transferred from the Chichester Festival Theatre to the Gielgud Theatre with David Haig and Henry Goodman in the lead roles. The show then returned this year with Richard McCabe and Simon Williams in the same parts and they will remain with the production right up until its current end-date of November, after which Graham Linehan’s version of “The Ladykillers” is set to replace it.

“Yes, Prime Minister” was a 1980s sitcom starring Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne as Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Sir Humphry Appleby. Though the original television show centred around the then-Conservative government of the time, the new production is updated to the modern day, with the modern-day Coalition the basis of the show, with the financial crisis a part of the plot. It has been penned by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the two writers of the original series.

Actor Richard McCabe, who portrays Prime Minister Jim Hacker, has appeared in a wide range of film and stage roles over the years and he is currently an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His movie roles include “The Duchess” and “Notting Hill”, whilst his stage appearance include numerous roles for the RSC including “Othello”, plus “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Olivier National Theatre and “Doctor Faustus” at The Young Vic.

“Yes, Prime Minister” continues at the Apollo Theatre until Saturday 17th September 2011. Its run at the Gielgud Theatre is from Tuesday 20th September 2011 to Saturday 19th November 2011.

We had looked forward to seeing the characters of Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey and their colleagues reprised on stage and were encouraged by the advertising on the production's website " - The much loved BBC hit TV series is now playing in London’s West End" I think not!!! I was appalled to find that the main focus of the plot was "sex with an under-age teenager" and the conversations stretching to "b*** ***s" etc - this show has been promoted on the back of the TV series much loved for it's humour and total lack of any inappropriate material. What a shame that the writers have had to sink to these depths to try to get a laugh! There is no indication anywhere that the material would be of such an adult nature - I am only relieved that my young teenage daughter and her grandparents did not attend also - only due to a clash of diaries! Having spent nearly £150 for the tickets for my husband and I plus my son I feel totally misled and saddened that the memory of one of my favorite TV series has now been sullied by this purient production.

Sharon Brwn at Thursday, 18th Aug 2011 16:35 PM

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