It’s been nearly 30 years since Michael McKean starred in the 1985 board game-based murder comedy caper Clue, directed by Jonathan Lynn, and the pair are reuniting for the stage adaptation of Lynn’s popular 1980s British TV series Yes, Prime Minister. The show has been a hit during its several West End runs and U.K. tour since it opened in 2010, and makes its U.S. debut Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. We spoke with Lynn about working with McKean again, adapting TV to the stage, the recent spate of U.K. political adaptations that have been successful in the States, his biggest fan Margaret Thatcher, and what changes had to be made so we silly Americans understand that funny accent.
Read on for our conversation with Lynn — featuring his characteristically British dry sense of humor.
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