According to the press release, "Comedy double act David Cameron and Nick Clegg are reportedly furious that a competing political comedy Yes, Prime Minister has moved in to the Trafalgar Studios theatre on Whitehall - less than 400 yards from their own venue on Downing Street. A source close to Cameron and Clegg – also known by their stage name 'The Coalition' – said that they were 'fuming.' A friend of the pair added, 'David and Nick have spent two years perfecting their comic double act, and to have another political comedy muscle in on their turf is galling in the extreme.'"
This is its third London run, after previous playing at the Gielgud and Apollo Theatres.
Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the classic TV series "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister," have reunited for this anniversary production. According to press materials, "As British troops are now out of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan is winding down, the focus has shifted towards Prime Minister Jim Hacker's desperate fight to avoid Sarkozy's fate as he battles the Europeans over greater austerity, the collapsing euro, assassinations by drones and serious diplomatic misbehaviour influenced by Silvio Berlusconi and Dominique Strauss Kahn. Sir Humphrey is in favour of greater austerity for ordinary people but not for senior civil servants."
Casting is still to be announced.
The production is directed by Jonathan Lynn, with designs by Simon Higlett, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by John Leonard. The West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre production is produced 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 www.yesprimeminister.co.uk for more details.