Politics to take centre stage at His Majesty’s

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As election fever reaches its peak, two politicos are going to be playing it strictly for laughs in Aberdeen.

They are Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby, being played by much-respected actors Richard McCabe and Jonathan Coote, in Yes, Prime Minister, at His Majesty’s Theatre from Monday to Saturday, May 23 to 28.

The comedy might hit a familiar note, for as Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary respectively, Hacker and Sir Humphrey face a country in financial meltdown – when the only prospect of salvation comes from morally dubious allies.

The work reunites the original writers of the classic BBC TV series, Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, to great critical and public acclaim.

Richard McCabe is an Olivier award-nominated classical actor who has been an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) since 1997.

He has performed in numerous productions for the RSC, National Theatre, Barbican and recently appeared at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death alongside Patrick Stewart and the double bill of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and Richard Sheridan’s The Critic.

Richard’s recent TV roles include BBC One’s Wallander and Spooks, while Jonathan has appeared on the small screen in London’s Burning, Canary Wharf and Not Going Out.

With a distinguished career as writer, broadcaster and producer, Anthony Jay was founder and editor of the BBC’s legendary Tonight programme, is the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations, and author of Elizabeth R and two acclaimed documentaries on the Royal Family. He is a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Jonathan Lynn’s prolific career spans more than four decades as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor in films, television and theatre, as well as best-selling author and novelist. His film credits as director include The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations, The Distinguished Gentleman, My Cousin Vinny and Nuns on the Run (which he also wrote).

He is also directing this stage version of Yes, Prime Minister

Jay and Lynn’s BAFTA award-winning political comedy Yes, Minister first aired on BBC2 in 1980 and ran until 1984. The sequel, Yes, Prime Minister ran from 1986 until 1988.

Lynn and Jay also wrote three novels, The Complete Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, Volumes 1 and 2, which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback, were on the British top-ten bestseller list for three years and have been translated into numerous languages.

Tickets for Yes, Prime Minister at HMT are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.