As the show comes to York, enjoy some classic Yes, Prime Minister moments

13 Apr 2012 @ 7.06 pm
| Entertainment

Yes, Prime Minister. Photograph: Manuel Harlen for York Theatre Royal
One of the all-time great sitcoms has come to York.

Yes, Prime Minister has been adapted for the stage by its writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, and plays at the Theatre Royal for a week. Alas, both the stars of the TV show have died: the wonderful Paul Eddington as the hapless PM and the sublime Nigel Hawthorne as scheming Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby.

Instead, we have nothing less than a dead Archer bringing the Prime Minister to life: Graham Seed, who played Nigel Pargetter in BBC Radio Four’s The Archers till he fell off a roof to boost ratings for the 60th anniversary episode at New Year. Michael Simpkins takes the Sir Humphrey Appleby role.

To find out more about the show, which has garnered excellent reviews on tour and runs till Saturday April 21, and to book tickets, check out the York Theatre Royal website.

And to whet your appetite here are five classic moments from the telly version.

‘You told a lie’


‘We could obliterate the whole of Eastern Europe’


‘The end of civilisation as we know it’


‘I didn’t want the kerb to hit me’


‘Paragraph 5 of no 2 regulation…’