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Casting has been confirmed for Yes, Prime Minister, which returns to the West End from 6 June 2012, at the Trafalgar Studios 1, booking to 12 Jan 2013.
Robert Daws will play 'Prime Minister Jim Hacker' alongside Michael Simkins as 'Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby'. Emily Bruni will join the cast in the role of 'Claire Sutton' and Jim Barclay will play 'Simon Chester'. Also reprising their roles from the 2012 UK tour will be Clive Hayward as 'Bernard Woolley', Sam Dastor as 'the Ambassador' and Tony Boncza as 'Jeremy Burnham - Director General of BBC'.
Robert Daws is best known for his role as Dr. Gordon Ormerod in eight series of ITV’s The Royal. His other many TV appearances include Sam Mountjoy in John Sullivan's "Roger Roger". Robert’s theatre work includes Dietrich in Michael Frayn's "Alarms and Excursions", Dr John Watson in "The Secret of Sherlock Holmes" at the Duchess Theatre, and Geoffrey Hammond in "Public Property" at Trafalgar Studios.
Michael Simkins has starred as Billy Flyn in Chicago. His West End credits also include Mamma Mia, The King and I and Off West End in Pinter’s The Old Masters (2004) and Terence Rattigan’s Less than Kind (2011). On television, Simkins’ has played a regular character in Foyle’s War.
Yes, Prime Minister is written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the original writers of the classic TV series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
It is directed by Jonathan Lynn, designed by Simon Higlett, lighting by Tim Mitchell.
As British troops are now out of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan is winding down, the focus has shifted towards Prime Minister Jim Hacker’s desperate fight to avoid Sarkozy's fate as he battles the Europeans over greater austerity, the collapsing euro, assassinations by drones and serious diplomatic misbehaviour influenced by Silvio Berlusconi and Dominique Strauss Kahn. Sir Humphrey is in favour of greater austerity for ordinary people but not for senior civil servants.
This Chichester Festival Theatre production has had several West End runs: Gielgud Theatre (17 Sep 2010 to 15 Jan 2011); Apollo Theatre (6 July 2011 to 17 Sep 2011); Gielgud Theatre again (20 Sep 2011 to 19 Nov 2011).