Review: Nostalgic nod to Yes, Prime Minister

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Yes, Prime Minister, The Lyceum

A few things dominated childhood telly for me growing up in the 1980s, the snooker and Yes, Prime Minister among them.

Many a happy afternoon was spent lying on the swirly sitting room carpet, the soft click of snooker balls on the TV the soundtrack to my colouring-in.

Later, with the electric fire on and the curtains drawn, the evening would be filled with the Yes, Prime Minister theme tune, clever Sir Humphrey’s complicated monologues, and my parents’ laughter.

And now they’re both here in the same week in Sheffield. Honestly, you wait for ages...

Neither has changed too much since the days of Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor, Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne.

The snooker is still a mesmerising mix of characters and colours, live from the Crucible.

And across Tudor Square at the Lyceum, the stage show version of Margaret Thatcher’s favourite political satire still features Prime Minister Jim Hacker, his Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and his Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley.

There’s been some updating to reflect the modern age. Sir Humphrey tries to foil Jim not only with his intellect but with technology, tampering with his BlackBerry and bamboozling him with Twitter.

But the writing is the same, by original creators Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, and the farce still laugh-out-loud funny. So too are the characters, played by Michael Fenton Stevens as the PM, the excellent Crispin Redman as Sir Humphrey, and Michael Matus as adorable Bernard.

The show runs until Saturday.