THE principal cast for an upcoming production at a popular theatre in Cirencester has been announced.

The Barn Theatre will be showing the world premiere of I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember, which has been written and directed by Jonathan Lynn.

Martin Jarvis will play ex-Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Clive Francis will play his former Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Martin Jarvis Martin Jarvis (Image: Barn Theatre)

They will be joined by Michaela Bennison who will play Hacker’s carer Sophie and Christopher Bianchi as High Court judge Sir David Knell. 

This production will be shown at the Cotswold theatre this autumn, previewing from Monday, September 25 and running until Saturday, November 4. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Michaela BennisonMichaela Bennison (Image: Barn Theatre)

The play follows the story of ex-Prime Minister Jim holed up in his new home at Hacker College, Oxford, where he finds himself in the midst of a set of problems mainly of his own making.

 Unsure of how to cope, he calls on his old and not so loyal permanent secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Clive FrancisClive Francis (Image: Barn Theatre)

What ensues carries all the hallmark comedy of this classic partnership as well as being a touching portrait of two old sparring partners trying desperately to figure out the modern world and work out what their place is in it.

In doing so they discover friendship and empathy as well as learning a few hard lessons about life.

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Christopher BianchiChristopher Bianchi (Image: Barn Theatre)