Yes, Prime Minister
Producer & General Management
Playful Productions co-produced the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Yes, Prime Minister, which transferred to the Gielgud Theatre for a limited season from 16 September 2010 – 15 January 2011. Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the classic TV series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister reunited for this anniversary production starring Henry Goodman as Sir Humphrey Appleby and David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker. The production was directed by Jonathan Lynn, with design by Simon Higlett, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by John Leonard and casting by Gabrielle Dawes CDG.
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Yes, Prime Minister was presented at the Gielgud Theatre by Mark Goucher, Wimpole Theatre and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions.
Following the initial run at the Gielgud Theatre, Yes, Prime Minister toured the UK for 21 weeks from 31 January to 1 July 2011, returning to the West End for a run at the Apollo Theatre from 6 July to 17 September, and then immediately transferring for a second run at the Gielgud Theatre from 19 September to 19 November 2011. A further 15 week national tour opened at Chichester Festival Theatre in January 2012, followed by a season at the Trafalgar Studios from 6 June 2012 – 12 January 2013. A final national tour opened at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford on 7 February 2013 and played its last performance on 15 June 2013. Successive casts featured Simon Williams and Richard McCabe, Robert Daws and Michael Simkins, Michael Fenton Stevens and Crispin Redman as Sir Humphrey Appleby and Prime Minister Jim Hacker.
“A telling satire on the unscrupulousness of government, this updated stage version of the TV sitcom reduces its audience to helpless hilarity” The Telegraph ★★★★
“The audience loved it… A hit” Daily Mail