The joke’s on the elected lead­ers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - – KATE HER­BERT

EVEN die-hard fans of the BBC TV se­ries Yes, Prime Min­is­ter should en­joy the new up­dated, two-hour stage ver­sion of the bit­ing po­lit­i­cal satire on Bri­tish gov­ern­ment.

The pro­duc­tion, di­rected deftly by Tom Gutteridge, may not have Nigel Hawthorne and Paul Ed­ding­ton, but Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Sir Humphrey is just as su­per­cil­ious, ma­nip­u­la­tive, de­ceit­ful and self-pro­mot­ing in the hands of Tony Llewellyn-jones.

Mark Owen-tay­lor’s Jim Hacker is a youth­ful, am­bi­tious PM who scores a few points against his smarmy ad­viser and com­pro­mises his po­si­tion to ad­vance his ca­reer, if not the coun­try.

Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s script is as cun­ningly wrought, in­cor­po­rat­ing con­tem­po­rary is­sues from global warm­ing to the Euro­pean Union and the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Their story, set at the PM’S coun­try res­i­dence of Che­quers, hurls Hacker into a moral and po­lit­i­cal dilemma when he re­ceives an as­ton­ish­ing re­quest from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the oil-rich, Kum­ranistani gov­ern­ment who is about to sign a lu­cra­tive deal. It gets a bit hys­ter­i­cal, but this pro­duc­tion cap­tures the orig­i­nal wit and high­lights the po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions of any gov­ern­ment.

John Lloyd Filling­ham, Mark Owen-tay­lor, Caro­line Craig and Tony Llewellyn-jones star in the new stage pro­duc­tion of Yes, Prime Min­is­ter.

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