20 Feb 2010

'Yes Prime Minister' to be stage play

3:41 pm on 20 February 2010

The writers of Yes Prime Minister are now writing a play based on their hit TV comedy show.

Jonathan Lynn and Sir Antony Jay say the play follows a tempestuous 48 hours in politics.

Lynn, 66, told the Daily Telegraph they had been "hesitant" until recently to take the TV show to stage.

He revealed that a stage version of the hit series, which starred Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne, was first discussed when the show was still being broadcast 22 years ago.

A BBC film was also planned, but by then Eddington - who played Jim Hacker - was suffering from cancer. He died in 1995.

Jay says they agreed to end the series after 38 episodes because they felt they had "said all we had to say".

David Haig and Henry Goodman will play the parts of Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby in the stage version.

The production runs from 13 May - 5 June, as part of this year's Chichester Festival theatre season.

The BBC reports May is the same month the general election is likely to happen.