Spitting Image live stage show transfers to London’s Phoenix Theatre

The brand new Spitting Image live stage show is transferring into London’s West End this May.

A strictly limited West End season of Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical will run at the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road from 24 May through 26 August 2023.

Premiering at Birmingham Rep earlier this year, Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical is directed by The Birmingham Rep’s Artistic Director, double Olivier Award-winner Sean Foley (The Upstart Crow, The Play What I Wrote), and is written by the comedy tour de force writing team of Al Murray (The Pub Landlord)Matt Forde (The Political Party) and Sean Foley.

<em>Spitting Image The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre Photo by Mark Senior<em>

With a plot more improbable than the last year of British politics, and constantly re-written to keep up with the frenetic pace of news, the show features a who’s who in the world of politics, celebrity and evil despots, Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical is a comic return of the much-loved TV programme live on stage.

Introduced by Master of Ceremonies Sir Ian McKellen, the musical features a stellar line-up of over 100 puppets of the great and the not so good.  Tom Cruise is tasked by His Majesty The King to create the UK’s very own ‘Magnificent Seven’ of celebrity misfits – Tom Cruise, Greta Thunberg, Meghan Markle, Tyson Fury, RuPaul, Angela Rayner and Idris Elba –  to save the nation from a cabal of dark forces seeking to destroy it – that’s all the usual suspects. And James Corden.   They are joined by:  Ant & Dec, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, Keir Starmer, Stormzy, Vladimir Putin, The Tory Party Cabinet and many many many many many more. 

Al Murray said in a press statement: “When Spitting Image first appeared on British TV it blew people’s minds. Now it’s going to do it all over again in the West End.  All the elements the show was famed for: outrageous depictions of the great and the not so good, catchy songs, famous faces saying the things you’ve always wanted to hear them say, all reinvented for the stage. You won’t know where to look!”

Matt Forde said: “Nothing can prepare you for what you’re about to see, it’s the wildest show in the West End. I don’t want to give anything away, but you’ll never look at Suella Braverman in the same way again.”

Sean Foley said: “I’m thrilled that Spitting Image The Musical is set to transfer to the West End.  Audiences at Birmingham Rep, where the show premiered, loved the classic Spitting Image mix of political satire, celebrity send up and Royal family soap opera.  With Rishi Sunakand Angela Raynerbattling it out, Tom Cruise making his theatrical debut and Adelesinging her heart out, I hope this uniquely anarchic musical will continue to make people laugh.”

The TV show ran for 18 series and won numerous BAFTA and Emmy awards, with the show returning to ITV in three popular specials.

Book tickets to Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre London.

📷 Main photo: Spitting Image The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre. Photo by Mark Senior

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