Yes, Minister actors
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of November 19, 2018
This week, Yes, Minister moves into its second series and we’ll be saying farewell to James Hacker’s political advisor Frank Weisel.
Before joining the cast of Yes, Minister, Neil Fitzwilliam who played Weisel was mainly known for his work in London’s West End, where he appeared in numerous musicals, including the original production of Godspell in 1981. After leaving Yes, Minister in 1980, Fitzwilliam continued to work steadily in both theatre and on screen. In 1984 he originated the role of Skimbleshanks in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s CATS.
Tragically, in 1998, while driving with his wife and one of his sons, Fitzwilliam was in a serious car accident. Although there were no fatalities in the head on collision, it resulted in Fitzwilliam incurring permanent brain damage. It was a sad ending to the actor, singer, dancer’s performing career.
The first episode of series two of Yes, Minister, which will air on Wednesday, guest stars another West End musical theatre performer – Stephen Tate. Like Fitzwilliam, Tate was also in the original West End productions of CATS, where he played Gus the Theatre Cat. The actor’s other musical theatre productions in the West End include Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Misérables. In Yes, Minister, Tate plays the character of Billy Fraser.
Yes, Minister airs weekday afternoons on MPT at 2pm.
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