by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn
23rd to 25th April 2015
Directed by Stephen Knowlden and Antoinette Mehra
The UK is in crisis: debt is spiralling, unemployment is on the rise and the fragile coalition cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jim Hacker, is at breaking point. But salvation may exist in the form of a complex pipeline deal with the oil-rich country of Kumranistan that would entitle the government to a multi-trillion pound loan. When the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary makes a shocking request of Jim’s Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, moral considerations collide with the economic future of the nation. But how will Jim and his team: Bernard, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Special Adviser Claire Sutton, reconcile the two? Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue.
From the writers of the original television series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, comes the equally sharply satirical stage version, seen at the Festival Theatre, Chichester in 2010 and the Gielgud Theatre, London, in 2011, followed by a tour in 2012.
Cast and actors
Sir Humphrey Appleby – Colin Holt
Bernard Woolley – Adam Hardy
Jim Hacker – Jonathan White
Claire Sutton – Stephanie Cogdell
Kumranistan Ambassador – Richard Comben
Jeremy Burnham – Kevin Swaine
Simon Chester – Richard Stevenson