YES, PRIME MINISTER Extends at Trafalgar Studios to March 2013!

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Mark Goucher, Wimpole Theatre and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions present the award-winning comedy YES, PRIME MINISTER which will extends its 3rd West End season at Trafalgar Studios to 30 March 2013! Also, AnTony Jay and Jonathan Lyn film six new television episodes, to air in early 2013!

Due to unprecedented demand, Jonathan Lynn and AnTony Jay’s hit production of YES, PRIME MINISTER will extend its run once more at Trafalgar Studios until 30 March 2013. Following its opening at Chichester Festival Theatre in the Spring of 2010, YES, PRIME MINISTER has become one of the most successful political plays ever to have run in the West End. YES, PRIME MINISTER has played at the Gielgud, the Apollo and now the Trafalgar Studios, proving that there is a strong appetite for quality commercial drama in the west end.

Jay and Lynn’s BAFTA award-winning political comedy YES, PRIME MINISTER first aired on BBC 2 in 1980 and ran between 1980 and 1984. Following the success of this stage production, six new episodes starring the original West End actors David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Henry Goodman as Sir Humphrey Appleby have now been recorded at the BBC studios where the original series were filmed. The episodes will be aired in January and is set to be one of the television highlights of early 2013.

The roles of Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby on stage are currently played by Robert Daws and Michael Simkins. The production which is currently playing at the Trafalgar Studios looks set to emulate the success of the old Whitehall Farces which dominated the theatre landscape in the 1970’s and 1980’s. YES, PRIME MINISTER shows what a creatively astute force Jay and Lynn are. Through their comic genius, they show everyone who really runs the British Government and the country!

YES, PRIME MINISTER will currently runs at Trafalgar Studios One, Whitehall, City of Westminster, SW1A 2DY. Show times are Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. The Box Office may be reached at 0844 871 7627. Tickets are priced at £46.50 / £26.50; booking until 30 March 2013. For more ticket information visit http://www.atgtickets.com/venue/Trafalgar-Studios/14/.

The show's Creative Team: Jonathan Lynn, Director; Simon Higlett, Designer; Tim Mitchell, Lighting Designer; John Leonard, Sound Consultant; Sam Jones, Casting Director.

AnTony Jay has enjoyed a distinguished career as writer, broadcaster and producer. He was founder and editor of the BBC’s legendary Tonight programme, is the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations, and author of Elizabeth R and two acclaimed documentaries on the Royal Family. He is a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Jonathan Lynn’s prolific career spans more than four decades as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor in films, television and theatre, as well as best-selling author and novelist. As well as co-writing, he will be directing this stage version of YES, PRIME MINISTER. His film credits as director include The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations, The Distinguished Gentleman, My Cousin Vinny and Nuns on the Run (which he also wrote).

Lynn and Jay have also written three novels, The Complete Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, Volumes 1 and 2, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback, were on the British top-ten bestseller list for three years and have been translated into numerous languages.

The West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of YES, PRIME MINISTER is produced by Mark Goucher (The Vagina Monologues, The Complete Works of Shakespeare), Wimpole Theatre (Whipping It Up, A Christmas Carol) and Matthew Byam Shaw (Frost Nixon, Flare Path, Boeing, Boeing) for Playful Productions.

For more information on the production please visit www.yesprimeminister.co.uk.

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