Casting Announced for West End Return of Yes, Prime Minister; Robert Daws and Michael Simkins to Star

News   Casting Announced for West End Return of Yes, Prime Minister; Robert Daws and Michael Simkins to Star Casting has been announced for the return of Yes, Prime Minister, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's political comedy based on their long-running TV series of the same name. It begins performances at the Trafalgar Studios 1 from June 6 for an open-ended run. The cast will be led by Robert Daws as Prime Minister Jim Jacker alongside Michael Simkins as Sir Humphrey Appleby.

Also in the cast are Emily Bruni, Jim Barclay, Clive Hayward, Sam Dastor and Tony Boncza.

Robert Daws is best known for his role as Dr. Gordon Ormerod in eight series of ITV's "The Royal." Other TV appearances include playing Sam Mountjoy in John Sullivan's "Roger Roger," Tuppy Glossop in "Jeeves and Wooster" and Roger Dervish in the award-winning "Outside Edge" for which he was nominated for Best Actor in the British Comedy Awards. Most recently, he appeared in "Rock and Chips" and "New Tricks" for the BBC, as well as "Doc Martin" on ITV. Recent theatre credits include Robert's recent theatre work include Dr. John Watson in The Secret of Sherlock Holmes at the Duchess Theatre and Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property at Trafalgar Studios. His first crime novella "The Rock" will be published in May.

Simkins has appeared in the West End in Chicago, Mamma Mia! and The King and I and on the fringe in The Old Masters and Terence Rattigan's Less than Kind. TV credits include "Foyle's War," as well as featuring in TV dramas such as "A Touch of Frost," "Judge John Deed" and most recently, "Above Suspicion: Silent Scream."

Jay and Lynn's BAFTA award-winning political comedy "Yes, Minister" first aired on BBC2 in 1980 and ran until 1984. The sequel, "Yes, Prime Minister" ran from 1986 until 1988. This stage version premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2010, before transferring to the West End's Gielgud Theatre, where it has played two seasons as well as a run inbetween at the Apollo Theatre.

The Chichester Festival Theatre production is produced in the West End by Mark Goucher, Wimpole Theatre and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions. 
 To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7627, or visit yesprimeminister.co.uk for more details.

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