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Jonathan Lynn on 'Yes, Prime Minister,' working with Michael McKean again, and why U.K. political shows are so darn popular

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.

This Week on Stage: An actor breaks a leg, old Jews tell jokes, and a 'Cock' fight wows Off Broadway

That old actor’s adage “Break a leg” is not supposed to be taken literally. But that message apparently didn’t make it to Michael McKean, the Laverne & Shirley and This is Spinal Tap alum now starring in the hit Broadway revival Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. The actor was hospitalized Tuesday with a broken leg after being struck by a car in New York City; James Lecesne will be playing his role as a presidential campaign manager for the foreseeable future.

Otherwise, it was relatively quiet on the theater scene, though L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse announced that Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain would be starring in its world premiere (non-musical) stage adaptation of The Exorcist, which opens July 11. The week’s big openings all happened Off Broadway. Here’s what EW’s critics thought:

Cock Adam Markovitz found this London transfer (pictured above), about a man in a charged love triangle with a longtime boyfriend and a woman he just met, to be “a lean and sharp piece of theater.” EW grade: B+ READ FULL STORY

Michael McKean tweets recovery after being hit by car

After being struck by a car and breaking his leg in New York City on Tuesday, actor Michael McKean took to Twitter to express his thanks and relief, tweeting: “Lucky man: best wife, great kids, awesome docs and nurses, priceless friends; a little overwhelmed by the sweet tweets. Love all y’all.”

McKean’s wife Annette O’Toole tweeted her appreciation as well on Wednesday morning, writing: “Thank you dear people for your love and support. @MJMcKean and I so appreciative. He is getting great care. Spirits are good. Grateful, we.” READ FULL STORY

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