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Sorry Prime Minister… World Exclusive For Cirencester´s Barn Theatre


Written & directed by Jonathan Lynn

The Barn Theatre is delighted to announce that the world premiere of I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember, will take place this autumn with the production previewing from 25 September and running until 4 November. Written and directed by Jonathan Lynn.

This is the final chapter in the Yes, Minister series that first won television acclaim in the 1980’s

Jonathan Lynn said, “I wanted to write the final chapter about Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby, now in their 80s, discarded, ignored, watching today’s world with utter bewilderment.”

The star-studded cast will be led by Martin Jarvis who will play ex-Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Clive Francis will play his former Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby. They are joined by Michaela Bennison who will Hacker’s carer, Sophie.

Following the sad passing of Antony Jay, his longtime writing partner, in 2016, Jonathan Lynn returns once more to the much-loved characters Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby in this final chapter of the series which sees the pair in their old age facing up to life after their exit from public service. Holed up in his new home at Hacker College, Oxford, Jim finds himself, as ever, in the midst of a set of problems mainly of his own making. Unsure of how to cope, he calls on his old and not so loyal Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby. What ensues carries all the hallmark comedy of this classic partnership as well as being a touching portrait of two old sparring partners trying desperately to figure out the modern world and work out what their place is in it. In doing so they discover friendship and empathy as well as learning a few hard lessons about life.

Yes, Minister is a British political satire sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn first transmitted on BBC2 from 1980 to 1984. A sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, ran from 1986 to 1988. The series received several BAFTAs and in 2004 was voted sixth in the Britain’s Best Sitcom poll. A hugely successful stage play followed which transferred to the West End and also toured the UK twice to great acclaim. The final chapter for which the Barn has the world exclusive brings the curtain down on one of the UK’s most successful comedy productions ever and further underlines the status the Barn is now held as one of the best professional theatre venues in the country.


Due to the success of the current musical production, ONCE, The Barn is extending the run for a further week. The show will now finish on Saturday 19th August.

The Times – Exceptionally strong performances…and ravishing a Capella harmonies.

Wilts & Glos Standard – Uplifting, heartfelt, stunning music. An absolute winner!

British Theatre Guide – “Once is a must-see this summer.”

To get your tickets for this and all remaining Barn Theatre productions for 2023 go to: www.barntheatre.org.uk or via the theatre’s box office at 01285 648255.

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