Last night I went to see Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud Theatre. The first thing I’m going to say is that the theatre looked so bizarre without the bright neon colours and set that had made it recognisable as the home of Hair, but it did look beautiful returned back to its former pinkness!
I didn’t know anything about the show before it started last night apart from the fact that it was loosely based around the sitcom “Yes Minister.” The set was beautiful, all pristine and placed you directly into a parlimentary office. It was quite a clever set, in fact, with projector screens appearing out of nowhere and curtains closing on command. Although the whole of the play was set in the one room, it was easy to follow from one scene to another.
The actors involved did a great job of keeping the audience entertained with their parlimentary discussions, some of which bordered on ridiculous, and there were laughs a plenty. What I will say, though, is that unless you are a parlimentary enthusiast or studied at Oxford university, a lot of the content of the show would go right over your head. I certainly found it did with me.
So, a good show with a good set and great acting, but the script I felt alienates a group (I was occasionally totally confused by language choices). For those who know a lot about goverment and want to chortle along to some very funny jokes, i heartily recommend it.