Casting has been announced for the world premiere of I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember.
Distinguished stage and screen actor Martin Jarvis (Maggie and Ted) will play ex-Prime Minister Hacker with Clive Francis (A Small Family Business) cast as Sir Humphrey Appleby, alongside Michaela Bennison (Measure for Measure) as Hacker’s carer Sophie and Christopher Bianchi (Waiting For Anya) as High Court judge Sir David Knell.
Based on the iconic British political satire TV series’ Yes Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, the new stage adaptation is written and directed by Lynn. The new show is dedicated to the memory of Jay, who passed away in 2016.
I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember will mark the final chapter in the series, re-visiting the characters of Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby who are now senior citizens facing up to life after their exit from public service.
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. An elegiac play about old age and loss – loss of power, loss of influence, loss of friends, loss of family. The only play I’ve ever seen on this theme is King Lear. This will be funnier.”
I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember will premiere at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester from 25 September until 4 November 2023, before heading to Theatre Royal Bath (14 to 18 November) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (21 to 25 November).