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Yes, Prime Minister transfers to Trafalgar Studios

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE CHICHESTER Festival Theatre production of Yes, Prime Minister will transfer to Trafalgar Studios, where it will run from June 6, 2012 to January 12, 2013.

Previously Posted: The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Yes, Prime Minister, which completes its run at the Apollo Theatre on September 17, will return to the Gielgud Theatre, its first West End home.

Filling the gap left by the early closure of Lend Me A Tenor and the opening of Graham Linehan’s new adaption of the celebrated Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers, Yes, Prime Minister re-opens at the Gielgud on September 20, 2011.

Previously Posted: The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Yes, Prime Minister returns to the West End, this time to the Apollo Theatre where it runs from July 6 to September 17, 2011.

Following Chichester, the production was staged at the Gielgud Theatre, where it ran from September 27, 2010 (previews from September 17) until January 15, 2011.

It subsequently embarked on a national tour, with Simon Williams as Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Richard McCabe as Prime Minister Jim Hacker. Both will reprise their roles in the West End.

In a world of spin, Blackberrys and ‘sexed up’ dossiers, the PM is staring disaster in the face. The country is on the brink of financial meltdown and the Government’s only apparent salvation comes from a morally dubious deal with the Foreign Minister of Kumranistan. Will Jim Hacker and his team of advisors be able to rescue the country from the edge?

Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the creators of the classic BBC series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, the production marked the 30th anniversary of the BAFTA Award-winning series which first aired in 1980.

Produced in West End by Mark Goucher, Wimpole Theatre and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Yes, Prime Minister will be directed by Jonathan Lynn, designed by Simon Higlett, and have lighting by Tim Mitchell.

Prior to the West End, the tour will visit Southampton, Nottingham, Leicester, Malvern, Plymouth, Aylesbury, Norwich, Manchester, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Northampton and Richmond (June 13 to June 18), before concluding in Cardiff on July 2, 2011.

Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, starring Alison Steadman, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris and Ruthie Henshall, continues at the Apollo Theatre until June 18, 2011.