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Yes, Prime Minister

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

March 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2015.

Yes, Prime Minister

by Antony Jay  &  Jonathan Lyn

“Perfect play for their spring production”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
John Garland


Annabelle Heath – Simone Chester [BBC Presenter]

Julian Batstone – Bernard Woolley [PM’s Principal Private Secretary]

Guy Steddon – Sir Humphrey Appleby [Cabinet Secretary]

David Peaty – Jim Hacker [Prime Minister]

Sarah Frost – Claire Sutton [PM’s Special Policy Advisor]

Bob Ryder – Robin Simpson [BBC Press Officer]

Tony Brownings – Kumranistan Ambassador

Peter Joyce – Jeremy Burnham [BBC’s Director General]


Production Crew

Stage Manager – Dan Dryer

Set Design – Judith Berrill

Lighting & Projection Design – Martin Oakley

Lighting Operation – Kieran Pollard

Lighting Operation – Hannah Talbot

Sound Design – Bob Ryder

Sound Operation – Brian Jones

Set Construction – Nigel Goldfinch

Set Construction – Carl Gray

Set Construction – Gary Walker

Set Construction – Dave Collis

Set Construction – Dave Comber

Set Painting – Sue Chaplin

Set Painting – Sheila Neesham

Set Painting – Margaret Davy

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Wardrobe – Cherry Fraser

Properties – Anita Shipton

Properties – Di Tidzer

Poster Design – Judith Berrill

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Maggi Pierce

Publicity – Peter Joyce

Programme Design – Richard Joyce

Front of House – Betty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Yes, Prime Minister

JG wrote: ” When we discovered early last year that the rights to perform Yes Prime Minister were to become available, it was an obvious choice to schedule it in the run-up to the General Election, and I am grateful to the committee for allowing me to direct once more.

Most of you will be aware of the award-winning TV series that ended in 1988, but this is a new play, premiered at Chichester in May 2010 and then transferring to London where it ran to rave reviews until 2012.

Several of the characters may therefore be familiar, but I have been lucky to have a talented group of actors to re-create them in a unique style and to have a backstage team who have also risen so magnificently to the challenges I have set them.

Whichever way you decide to vote in May, I hope you enjoy your evening and leave slightly more aware that our politicians (from all parties) may be spinning the truth for their own gain! ”


Programme Note #2: Yes, Prime Minister

About the Cast

Dave Peaty is fresh from his success Uncle Harvey in Season’s Greetings.

Guy Steddon, with Brighton & Hove Art Council best actor and best supporting actor awards to his credit, was last seen as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps.

Julian Batstone, is new to Wick, coming to us from Adur Theatre Company but for Tony Brownings this is his 37th Wick involvement.

Peter Joyce makes a welcome return to the Barn stage after a 26 year absence.

Sarah Frost, was recently in Season’s Greetings and we are delighted to have the experienced actress Annabelle Heath making her first appearance as a Wick member.

About the Authors

Anthony Jay has enjoyed a distinguished career as a writer, broadcaster and producer. He was the founder and editor of the BBC’s legendary “Tonight” programme.

Jonathan Lynn’s career spans more than four decades as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor as well as an author and novelist. His many movies include Nuns On The Run (which he also wrote) and My Cousin Vinnie.