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Yes, Prime Minister

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Yes, Prime Minister

Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn
Directed by Andrew Cross

Auditions: 16-17 June 2018
Production Dates: 29 August – 8 September 2018
Rehearsals: starting 1 July 2018

From the writers of the original television series' Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister comes this equally sharply satirical stage version. Set in pre-Brexit United Kingdom, we follow the British Prime Minister (Jim Hacker) and his ‘loyal’ team: Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Special Adviser Claire Sutton.

The UK is in crisis: debt is spiralling, unemployment is on the rise and the fragile coalition cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jim Hacker, is at breaking point. But salvation may exist in the form of a complex pipeline deal with the oil-rich country of Kumranistan that would entitle the government to a multi-trillion pound loan.

When the Kumranistan Foreign Secretary makes a shocking request to Bernard, moral considerations collide with the economic future of the nation.

Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue.

The Characters
  • Sir Humphrey (40s+; Male): Cabinet Secretary to the Prime Minister. Sir Humphrey has a keen sense of self preservation and is more interested in making sure the public service does its job despite the Prime Ministers intentions. Sir Humphrey is a master of obfuscation and manipulation, baffling his opponents with long winded technical jargon and circumlocutions. Red tape is Sir Humphrey’s best friend.
  • Jim Hacker (40s+; Male): The British Prime Minister. Jim, at his worst, is a publicity-seeking bungler who is incapable of making a firm decision. He is prone to make potentially embarrassing blunders, and is a frequent target of criticism from the press. However, he is also relatively politically savvy, and has slowly becomes more aware of how Sir Humphrey's operates. Leading to a war of one-upmanship between the two.
  • Bernard Woolley (30s+; Male): The Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. More often than not, Bernard is caught between the plans of Sir Humphry and Jim. This unfortunate middle man, although technically there to support the Prime Minister, completely understands that it is Sir Humphrey who writes his performance reports.
  • Claire Sutton (30s; Female): Special Policy Advisor for the Prime Minister. The antithesis to Sir Humphrey, Claire is much more interested in making sure the PrimeMinister gets what he needs despite the public service. Quite clearly someone who can actually get something done.
  • The Kumranistan Ambassador (40s+; Male): A foreign dignitary who is in London as part of a European Conference. The Ambassador becomes a crucial part in the PrimeMinisters plan (Or is it Sir Humphreys?) to save Britain from the financial crisis.
  • Jeremy Burnham (40s+; Male): Director-General of the BBC. A long-time friend of Jims, who only seems to arrive when there is something bad about to happen on the BBC.
  • Robin Simpson/Simon Chester (Mid/late 20s+; Male or Female): BBC press officer and presenter. BBC stalwarts who are interested in finding weak points that can be exploited in the current administration. Anything that will help to improve their ratings!
To register for an audition or if you have any questions please email auditions@stagecraft.co.nz.