Originally premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre last year, where it starred David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Henry Goodman as civil servant Sir Humphrey, it subsequently transferred to the Gielgud Theatre – just across the street from the Apollo – in a run that recouped the entire cost of its capitalization within five weeks of opening there.
It is currently on a U.K.-wide tour through July 2, starring Richard McCabe as Jim Hacker and Simon Williams as Sir Humphrey, who will now reprise those roles in the West End.
McCabe has been an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1997, and has appeared frequently there and for the National Theatre. Recent stage roles include Bingo: Scenes of Money opposite Patrick Stewart and the double bill of The Real Inspector Hound and The Critic, all at Chichester's Minerva Theatre. Recent TV roles include BBC One's "Wallander" and "Spooks."
Williams is best known for playing James Bellamy in the period drama "Upstairs, Downstairs," and has also appeared as Dr. Charles Cartwright in three series of the sitcom "Don't Wait Up" and as Sir Charles Merrick in the medical drama "Holby City." He was most recently seen onstage in David Hare’s production of The Power of Yes at the National Theatre.
The stage version of Yes, Prime Minister reunites Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn (the latter of whom also directs), the original writers of the TV series "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister." In the play, Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby face a country in financial meltdown. The only prospect of salvation comes from morally dubious allies. Produced by Mark Goucher, Wimpole Theatre and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, the production is designed by Simon Higlett, with lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by John Leonard and casting by Sam Jones.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 9671, or visit www.yesprimeminister.co.uk.