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Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ
Ended 14 May 2011 after 5 days
As sharp and as blissfully funny as ever
During the Eighties Yes, Prime Minister was one of the most highly-regarded sitcoms and it is said that even Margaret Thatcher herself watched the show. The satirical take on British government was so popular that it crossed over into theatre, doing the rounds at theatres across the UK and making its West End transition at the Gielgud Theatre in 2010. It now takes to Trafalgar Square Studios; aptly just a stone's throw from Westminster.
The production has been updated with modern themes, seeing the ministers forced to deal with topical issues such as the European Union financial crisis and the exit of French president Nicholas Sarkozy. While original writers Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn intelligently modernize the current script, they retain the beloved and reviled characters that have become a recognisable hallmark of Britain's most popular political farce.
The show opens with Prime Minister Jim Hacker and his team knee-deep in a political quandary. Head of a coalition government, Hacker faces the collapse of a European conference, the BBC highlighting his shortcomings and the discovery that the Chequers chef is an illegal immigrant – all whilst under the watchful eye of his permanent secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby.
To top it all off, the one man who could improve the PM's standings, the foreign minister of fictional country Kumranistan, wants the PM to procure him an underage prostitute for the evening or he'll pull out of a multi-million pound deal.
Opening night: 9 May 2011
Closing night: 14 May 2011
Yes, Prime Minister is suitable for audiences aged 14 and upwards. Contains Adult themes.
2 hours 20 minutes with one intermission.
Having been only vaguely aware of the television series growing up, I did not know what to expect from Yes, Prime Minister. Well, in... more »
16 reviews, average rating: (2.9 Stars)
A very subtle yet ferociously funny play; I was in awe of all the actors, t... more
Wasn't sure what to expect but spent two hours laughing and left the theatr... more
Still the best, well done oo updating the show. I enjoyed the TV series and... more
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