Jefferson Mays, Michael McKean, Stephen Caffrey Star in American Premiere of Yes, Prime Minister, Beginning June 4
By Andrew Gans
The American premiere of Yes, Prime Minister, one of the more successful London West End plays in a decade, begins performances at the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse June 4 prior to an official opening June 12.
Jonathan Lynn directs his and Antony Jay's award-winning comedy of political power and intrigue that has played three sold-out London West End seasons. Performances continue through July 14.
The cast features Stephen Caffrey as BBC Presenter; Brian George as The Kumranistani Ambassador; Dakin Matthews as Sir Humphrey Appleby, Cabinet Secretary; Jefferson Mays as Bernard Woolley, Principal Private Secretary; Michael McKean as Jim Hacker, The Prime Minister; Tara Summers as Claire Sutton, Special Policy Advisor; and Time Winters as The Director General of the BBC.
"This riotous, timely and sharply satirical new take on the British corridors of power is set against the backdrop of the collapsing Euro and austerity measures in a world of 24-hour news, smart phones, and ‘sexed up’ dossiers," according to press notes. Writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn also penned the award-winning BBC television series of the same name. Lynn directed the West End production.
"Although the play is about the British government, I'm hopeful that US audiences will appreciate it just as much as they did in London," said Lynn in an earlier statement. "British and American democracies are based on the same fundamental principle: if no one knows what you are doing, no one knows what you're doing wrong."
The production also features set design by Simon Higlett, costume design by Kate Bergh, lighting design by Daniel Ionazzi and sound design by J. Cox and John Leonard.
Tickets are available in person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at (310) 208-5454 or online at geffenplayhouse.com.
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