Yes, Prime Minister

 

10-20 May 2017 - Yes, Prime Minister by Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn
Directed by Dimitri Gibara

The UK is in crisis: debt is spiralling, unemployment is on the rise and the fragile coalition cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jim Hacker, is at breaking point. But salvation may exist in the form of a complex pipeline deal with the oil-rich country of Kumranistan that would entitle the government to a multi-trillion pound loan. When the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary makes a shocking request of Jim’s Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, moral considerations collide with the economic future of the nation. But how will Jim and his team: Bernard, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Special Adviser Claire Sutton, reconcile the two? Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue.

From the writers of the original television series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, comes the equally sharply satirical stage version, seen at the Festival Theatre, Chichester in 2010 and the Gielgud Theatre, London, in 2011, followed by a tour in 2012.

“Left me crying with laughter … the piece achieves one of those blissful peaks of great farce when it becomes physically impossible to stop laughing … a smash hit if ever I saw one” – Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

“Hilarious … Almost every line of this vivacious play challenges the audience to think against received opinion” – John Lahr, The New Yorker

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