In the programme it is referred to as the 'New Yes, Prime Minister' and you can see where writers Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn tried to update this new stage play from the original 80s TV series. Eurozone crisis, global warming and a coalition Government all feature but it still feels far from new.
Firstly if you are going to write a parody or satire of current politics then you need to have a younger generation of politicians. Old farts sitting around in a wood-panelled office, drinking scotch just smacks of, well, old farts sitting around in a wood-panelled office, drinking scotch.
And there are far meatier topics and scenarios around which the central characters could become entangled rather than a potential sex scandal and blackmail. The Leveson Inquiry has been going for nearly a year, for example.
It felt like political comedy light with a bit of a musty odour. Certainly not enough teeth or cleverness for my liking. The older members of the audience seemed to be enjoying it - apart from the elderly American gent who was loudly disgruntled that he'd paid £46 for a ticket which didn't include a programme (he should go to the theatre in New York more often before he starts moaning about the price of theatre tickets in London).
Yes, Prime Minister runs at the Trafalgar Studios 1 runs forever according to the official website (I gave up checking dates when the calendar got to January 2013, not sure if that is a mistake or not) and I'm going to give it two and a half stars.