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Yes, Prime Minister to close in January

Robert Daws in The Royal

Casting Update

YES, PRIME Minister will complete its run at Trafalgar Studios on January 12, 2013 before embarking on a UK tour.

Previously Posted: Robert Daws will play Prime Minister Jim Hacker, with Michael Simkins as Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, when Yes, Prime Minister returns to the West End.

An hilarious comedy by original BBC writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, Yes, Prime Minister opens in Trafalgar Studio 1 on June 6, 2012 following two highly successful West End runs.

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?

Robert Daws’ recent theatre credits include Watson in The Secret of Sherlock Holmes (Duchess Theatre), Public Property alongside Nigel Harman (Trafalgar Studios) and his own one-man show, Summoned by Betjeman, about the life and work of Sir John Betjeman.

He’s a familiar face on television with credits that include The Royal (as Dr Gordon Ormerod), Jeeves and Wooster (Tuppy Glossop) and Outside Edge (Roger Dervish). He also appeared in the film Arthur’s Dyke.

Michael Simkins, who has played Humphrey Appleby on tour, has previously appeared on the West End stage in Chicago (as Billy Flynn), Mamma Mia! and The King and I. Elsewhere, his credits include Pinter’s The Old Masters and Terence Rattigan’s Less than Kind.

His television work includes Foyle’s War (as Hugh Reid), My Dad’s the Prime Minister (Mr Gibbs), Judge John Deed, Doctors (Lionel Mead) and most recently, Above Suspicion: Silent Scream (Deputy Commissioner Walters).

Joining Daws and Simkins in Yes, Prime Minister will be Emily Bruni (as Claire Sutton) and Jim Barclay (Simon Chester). Meanwhile, reprising their roles from the 2012 UK tour will be Clive Hayward (as Bernard Woolley), Sam Dastor (the Ambassador) and Tony Boncza (Jeremy Burnham, Director General of the BBC).

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