PM Hacker in a brand-new outing

Simon Williams as Sir Humphrey in Yes Prime Minister at Nottingham's Theatre Royal from March 21-26 2011
Simon Williams as Sir Humphrey in Yes Prime Minister at Nottingham's Theatre Royal from March 21-26 2011

THE smash hit theatrical version of Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay’s Yes Prime Minister can be seen at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from Monday March 21 to 26.

The production, which has been wowing audiences on its tour around the country, stars Simon Williams as wily cabinet secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and Richard McCabe as put-upon Prime Minister Jim Hacker.

Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the classic TV series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, have reunited for this anniversary production which has received great critical and public acclaim during both its initial season at Chichester Festival Theatre and a run at the Gielgud Theatre. In both locations, the production has played to capacity audiences.

Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby face a country in financial meltdown. The only prospect of salvation comes from morally dubious allies – leading to deliciously comic consequences.

Acclaimed English actor Simon Williams is best known for playing James Bellamy in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. He also appeared in three series of the sitcom Don’t Wait Up as Dr Charles Cartwright and in the medical drama Holby City as Sir Charles Merrick from 2000-2003. Throughout his career, Williams has appeared on stage in numerous productions, most recently in David Hare’s production of The Power Of Yes at the National Theatre.

Richard McCabe is an Olivier award-nominated classical actor who has been an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) since 1997. He has performed in numerous productions for the RSC, National Theatre, Barbican and performed in playhouses throughout the country.

Antony Jay has enjoyed a distinguished career as writer, broadcaster and producer. Jonathan Lynn’s prolific career spans more than four decades as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor in films, television and theatre.

Tickets to see Yes Prime Minister are available from the box office on 0115 9895555.