The world premiere of Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay's new play Yes, Prime Minister opens in the West End following a record-breaking run at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Thirty years ago the first episode of Yes, Minister was broadcast and went on to become television's most successful political comedy ever. It and the equally successful sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, captured a niche in the political consciousness of the nation.
The original writers of these classic series have reunited for this anniversary production and now the Prime Minister Jim Hacker, his Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and his Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley are all back, in a brand new play.
The world, of course, has turned meanwhile. Spin has become an art form and the BlackBerry is the must-have accessory. Dossiers have been 'sexed up', the 'special relationship' put to the test and countless MPs have stood down to 'spend more time with their families'.
But great institutions have a way of riding punches and bouncing back unscathed for the next round.