Never mind the coalition, here's Yes, Prime Minister - political satire takes to the stage for 4-months for 2010/ 2011
Margaret Thatcher was a useful PM in the end - she inspired many writers and musicians to take out their vitriol on her, directly or indirectly, at a time when politics started to mean something after the three-day weeks and power-cuts suffered in the 70s. "Spitting Image", Rory Bremner and Ben Elton all had plenty of comical repartee and down-right mickey-taking to get out of their collective systems. However, in the 80s, there was a far more subtle entity on TV that made fun of government without direct reference to any particular allegiance.
"Yes, Minister" starred the late Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne (now a 'Sir') as the beleaguered Rt. Hon Jim Hacker and his crafty Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby respectively. Add in the observant bystander to all of the scheming, Bernard Woolley, and you have the pre-cursor to today's successful "The Thick of ot" minus the cussing. Sharp scripts written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn and expert production by Sydney Lotterby, made this a must-see, normally for Humphrey's ridiculously long-winded and blustered speeches.
30 years after the first episode was aired, Jay and Lynn have now written a new script for the stage production of its sequel, "Yes, Prime Minister". Jim Hacker is now PM and forced to try and outwit Humphrey at all costs, much to his own disapproval. For this stage performance, the excellent David Haig, who also appeared in "The Thick of it" as Steve Fleming, plays Hacker and becomes embroiled in dodgy dealings with the Middle East, with Humphrey and Bernard looking on (and stirring up trouble as usual).
Tickets are now on sale for this show, which will start its run at the Gielgud Theatre on 17th September and continue until 15th January 2011. Prices start at £13.50, rising to £56.45 for the best seats. After seeing this, you'll probably wonder where the current government got their ideas from...
You may be interested in
- Sun 20th May 2018 One Woman Sex and The CityThe Wyvern Theatre (Swindon)Buy Tickets
- Sun 20th May 2018 to Fri 13th Jul 2018 The Comedy About a Bank RobberyBuy Tickets
- Sun 20th May 2018 to Sat 14th Jul 2018 The Play That Goes WrongBuy Tickets
- Sun 20th May 2018 to Fri 1st Jun 2018 H.R. HaitchBuy Tickets
- Mon 21st May 2018 to Fri 15th Jun 2018 QuizBuy Tickets
- Mon 21st May 2018 to Sat 26th May 2018 The Best ManBuy Tickets
- Mon 21st May 2018 to Fri 13th Jul 2018 The Book of MormonBuy Tickets
- Mon 21st May 2018 to Fri 13th Jul 2018 Young FrankensteinBuy Tickets
- Mon 21st May 2018 to Sat 9th Jun 2018 3WomenBuy Tickets
- Tue 22nd May 2018 to Fri 13th Jul 2018 An Ideal HusbandBuy Tickets
- Fri 25th May 2018 Mark ThomasDe La Warr Pavilion (Sussex)Buy Tickets
- Fri 25th May 2018 to Sat 14th Jul 2018 TartuffeBuy Tickets
- Fri 25th May 2018 and Sat 26th May 2018 The Public Interest: World PremiereMore Info..
- Sat 26th May 2018 MojoJagz (Ascot)Buy Tickets
- Sun 27th May 2018 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)Whitley Bay Playhouse (Whitley Bay)Buy Tickets
- Thu 31st May 2018 to Thu 21st Jun 2018 My Dad Wrote a Porno - LiveBuy Tickets
- Thu 7th Jun 2018 to Fri 13th Jul 2018 Pressure [David Haig]Buy Tickets
- Fri 8th Jun 2018 Mum's The WordBasement Theatre (Edinburgh)Buy Tickets
- Sat 9th Jun 2018 The RivalsPalladium Club (Bideford)Buy Tickets
- Mon 11th Jun 2018 to Wed 13th Jun 2018 Jonathan Pie: Back To the StudioBuy Tickets
- Tue 12th Jun 2018 to Fri 13th Jul 2018 Heathers The MusicalBuy Tickets
- Sat 16th Jun 2018 to Sat 23rd Jun 2018 Lord Arthur Savile's CrimeBuy Tickets
- Sat 16th Jun 2018 to Fri 13th Jul 2018 The JungleBuy Tickets
- Sat 23rd Jun 2018 Mortified LiveLeicester Square Theatre (Westminster)Buy Tickets
- Sat 23rd Jun 2018 to Sat 14th Jul 2018 The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Michael Grandage CompanyBuy Tickets
- Wed 4th Jul 2018 to Sat 14th Jul 2018 Queens Of The Coal AgeBuy Tickets
- Sun 8th Jul 2018 and Mon 9th Jul 2018 Gyles BrandrethBuy Tickets