Chichester's Yes, Prime Minister to Transfer to West End's Gielgud Theatre

News   Chichester's Yes, Prime Minister to Transfer to West End's Gielgud Theatre The stage premiere production of Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay's Yes, Prime Minister, based on their hit 80s TV series of the same name, will transfer to the West End's Gielgud Theatre, beginning performances Sept. 17, after recently completing a run at Chichester Festival Theatre.

It features Henry Goodman as senior civil servant Sir Humphrey Appleby (the role originally created on TV by the late Nigel Hawthorne) and David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker (originally the late Paul Eddington on TV). Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the TV series "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister," have reunited to write this stage version.

According to press materials, the play finds Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby facing a country in financial meltdown. The only prospect of salvation comes from morally dubious allies.

Goodman's recent theatre credits include Duet For One, Fiddler on the Roof and Feelgood. He received Olivier Awards for Best Actor in 1993 for Assassins (Donmar Warehouse), and in 2000 for Trevor Nunn's National Theatre production of The Merchant of Venice. Recent screen credits include the films "The Damned United" and the Ang Lee comedy "Taking Woodstock."

Haig recently featured in the latest series of the award-winning BBC political comedy "The Thick of It." His other screen credits include "Mo," "My Boy Jack" (which he also wrote, originally for the stage), "The Thin Blue Line" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral." His theatre credits include West End productions of Donkey's Years, Mary Poppins and Hitchcock Blonde. He won an Olivier Award in 1988 for Actor of the Year in a New Play for Our Country's Good.

The production is directed by co-writer Jonathan Lynn, with designs by Simon Higlett and lighting by Tim Mitchell. The West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Yes, Prime Minister is produced by Mark Goucher, Wimpole Theatre and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions. The box office opens June 21. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5130, or visit www.yesprimeminister.co.uk for more details.

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