Yes, Prime Minister
From: Tuesday, 2nd April 2013
To: Saturday, 6 April 2013
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Prime Minister Jim Hacker, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and his Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley face a country in financial meltdown, with the only prospect of salvation coming from morally dubious allies - leading to deliciously comic consequences.
David Jobson - 2 April 2013
In this lingering production of Yes, Prime Minister, Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn have made modest attempts to modernise this treasured sitcom. From the start the play is full of references that are familiar to today’s audiences. It follows Jim Hacker and Humphrey Appleby as they struggle to deal with the recession, oil, illegal immigrants, sex trafficking, global warming, the EU and the BBC.
However, despite these easy targets, the dialogue lacks the wit that is cherished in the original TV series, and a lot of the first act received nothing but titters. The production feels as though it is going through the motions, as the writers tick off each item on a list of current issues. It is only by the second half that the play gradually turns into a farce. It does generate more laughter, but Yes, Prime Minister does become absurd.
What does work is the relationship between Jim Hacker and Humphrey Appleby who are played, though with some exaggeration, by [...
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