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Yes Prime Minister

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Show Details

Preview 6th Jun 12
Opens 6th Jun 12
Closes 12th Jan 13

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm


Length of show - 2hrs 20mins

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BAXTER'S THEATRELAND BY NIGHT
A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.


A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

 

 
Yes PM Set
 

YES PRIME MINISTER

By Anthony Jay & Jonathan Lynn

This play (originally a Chichester Festival production) has had four West End runs: Gielgud Theatre (17th Sep 2010 to 15th Jan 2011); Apollo Theatre (6th July 2011 to 17th Sep 2011); Gielgud Theatre again (20th Sep 2011 to 19th Nov 2011).

This will be the last chance to see it for a while and it is one nobody should miss.

The current cast includes *Robert Daws* (Prime Minister Jim Hacker ), *Michael Simkins* (Sir Humphrey Appleby)

Yes PM Authors

The new cast is terrific - and what pedigrees the new players from the last West End run – Michael Simkins (Appleby) and Robert Daws (the PM Hacker) do have for the parts! The rest of the players are already acclaimed as great.

" Now making its second West End appearance, the piece is still funny, but is in danger of being upstaged by reality........ The cast is also different, with the result that the tone is closer to the original TV series than downright farce" Kevin Billington - the Guardian

There are only a few days left to book for the all time classic of thirty years massive popularity from Yes Minister to Yes PM bless his cotton socks.

British Political Satire is centuries old. Cartoonists were outspoken to a level we gasp at - especially in the rising flood of PC today - pointing their fingers at politicians and the royalty with a view to have them own up to mistakes and put them right. (By the way a word about PC - the theatre originally said suitable for children 10 upwards which was changed to 14! - what hypocrasy given the Government ordered the teaching of explicit sex at primary schools to what we term (even nowadays) as 'infants' and parents don't seem to care - or even notice some obvious consequences!).

Post war Britain dragged itself politically in the wake of old men with no imagination or apparent love of life.  The 50's was grey and depressing. Yes PM CameronLondon was blackened by the smoke of fires, and thick fog (smog) of reconstruction. And when it wasn't raining it was drizzling during draconian rationing, rebuilding bomb sites and struggling to survive the loveless government.  What was worse the Americans, the French and Germans - even the italians were moving their asses to rebuild both their cities and their economies.  They were inspired -  (dammit) the yanks had Kennedy and what did we have? Apathy. 'The Goon Show' on the radio (Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan) was a blazing light at the end of that particular tunnel.

Age old British saying "You gotta laugh" became a reality in the early 60's when Oxford and Cambridge graduates started in Edinburgh with a brilliantly satirical show called 'Beyond the Fringe' which hit hard with wit and intelligence and It hit the West End in 1961 - a hit in every sense. Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennet and Jonathan Miller.

Political satire had been suppressed by the ever watchful Lord ChamberlainYes PM Bernard , who had his work cut out with Lady Chatterley, until the swinging 60's created BBC programmes that became massively popular. Though Prime Minister Wilson abolished the old school censorship of the Lord he also made sure that the millions of viewers who adored 'That was the Week That Was' (TW3) never returned to TV because it was too cutting (embarrassing) for him. The BBC itself was forced to pull the show as being "too contraversial for the masses".  "Not the Nine O'Clock News" was tame by comparison.

Political satire reappeared in the 80s with the first episode of 'Yes, Minister' and reached the masses again as TV's top 'political comedy'  (TW3 was outrageous satire) with its sequel, 'Yes, Prime Minister' and was much funnier while not threatening to change anything. It aired until 1987.

We are all used to 'politics' by now. The scripts are even taught in schools and universities in their attempt to 'teach politics'. Classic.

This play

The original writers  Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay have an impressive background of successes having originally met while working for John Cleese.  After many an accolade they re-united and wrote the current play for fun and that is what it certainly is.  Yes PM ThoughtsTheir insights became predictive having been written in June, about a coalition that we now have along with the long forecast financial unraveling debacle of the bankers. The Prime Minister his Cabinet Secretary and his Principal Private Secretary return along with a Special Policy Advisor (Claire) in this great new play that also incorporates other things we are used to like 'spin' iPhones, sex, and toxic international relations - oh and the EU of course.

So better book soon or - whoosh  the brilliant may be replaced with another musical tribute.... you gotta laugh. You gotta see it. All out enthusiasm from laughing audiences of all ages, this play is a classic and a resounding success.

The Story

All we can say is that Margaret Thatcher loved the programme while Blair rebuked the few who dared to say "Yes Prime Minister".

Cast

Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.

  • Michael Simkins - Sir Humphrey Appleby
  • Robert Daws - Prime Minister Jim Hacker
  • Emily Bruni - Claire Sutton
  • Clive Hayward - Bernard Woolley
  • Sam Dastor - The Kumranistan Ambassador
  • Jim Barclay - Simon Chestor, BBC Presenter
  • Tony Boncza - Jeremy Burnham, Director General of the BBC

  • Director - Jonathan Lynn
  • Assisant Director -Tim Hoare
  • Design - Simon Higlett
  • Lighting - Tim Mitchell
  • Casting - Garielle Dawes
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