Yes, Prime Minister: January 2012

It has been confirmed that Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre will host a brand new production of Yes, Prime Minister from January 2012.

Production Shot from the original London production

Sir Humphrey and Bernard are back – this time facing their greatest challenge yet!

It has been confirmed that Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre will host a production of Yes, Prime Minister from 31 January 2012, with pre-sale tickets announced today.

Based on the well known 1980s BBC television series Yes, Minister (1980-1984) and the sequel,Yes, Prime Minister (1986-1988), the show is a side splitting foray into the comedy of politics and intrigue. Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn (who both penned the original television series), the play is set to once more reveal the awkward marriage between civil servants and politicians.

Yes, Prime Minister has been the toast of British theatregoers since its opening in September 2010 at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Set in the present day, in the infamous country residence of the British Prime Minister, Yes, Prime Minister will bring the riotous inner workings of Westminster to the Australian stage.

The Australian Premiere will feature a yet-to-be-named Australian cast, and the show is set to tour the country, although no itinerary is confirmed at this stage.

“It’s 2011. A lot has happened since the Rt Hon. Jim Hacker MP last walked the corridors of Whitehall. There’s the GFC, rising oil prices, minority governments, illegal immigrants and global warming.  If that’s not enough to contend with, the 24 hour news cycle, constant bleating of mobile phones, endless emails and a new generation of spin doctors. Ably assisted by Cabinet Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley, these three most loved characters from the hit BBC series gather once more to sort out another very thorny problem…”

See the promotional video here:



Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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