|Henry Goodman & David Haig|
WOS Radio: Q&A With Minister Cast Gets Political
Date: 24 September 2010
Theatregoers at our Whatsonstage.com Outing to political satire Yes, Prime Minister at the West End's Gielgud Theatre last night (24 September 2010) were treated to a post-show Q&A with principals Henry Goodman, Jonathan Slinger, David Haig and Emily Joyce as well as the show's writer and director Jonathan Lynn.
A stage adaptation of the BBC television series, Yes, Prime Minister conceived and written by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay almost exactly 30 years ago, the new play sees Prime Minister Jim Hacker (Haig), Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Goodman) and his Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley facing a country in financial meltdown, with the only prospect of salvation coming from morally dubious allies – leading to “deliciously comic consequences”. The show has transferred into the West End following a run at Chichester earlier this year.
Highlights from last night's Q&A included Jonathan Lynn on how he and Jay were moved to write the original television series as well as the cast discussing how the events which unfold on stage sometimes appear to mirror all too closely the political goings-on at Westminster.
To listen to the full recording of the Q&A, click the 'play' button below; or to subscribe and download from iTunes, click here.
For more photos and commentary from last night’s event, visit our Outings blog. And for further information and booking for upcoming Whatsonstage.com Outings, click here.
- by Andrew Girvan
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