Spitting Image musical to get West End transfer

Published: 23 March 2023
Reporter: Steve Orme

King Charles and Paddington Bear Credit: Mark Senior

Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image Saves the World, now known as Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image the Musical, which premièred at Birmingham Rep in 2023, is to transfer to the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End.

Written by Al Murray, Matt Forde and Sean Foley, Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image the Musical is directed by the Rep’s artistic director Foley alongside a creative team spearheaded by the original Spitting Image co-creator, Roger Law.

The musical features a stellar line-up of more than 100 puppets. Tom Cruise is tasked by His Majesty the King to create the UK’s own magnificent seven of celebrity misfits to save the nation from a cabal of dark forces seeking to destroy it.

Foley said, “I’m thrilled that Spitting Image the Musical is to transfer to the West End. Audiences at Birmingham Rep loved the classic Spitting Image mix of political satire, celebrity send-up and Royal family soap opera. I hope this uniquely anarchic musical will continue to make people laugh.”

Matt Forde commented, “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.”

Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image the Musical will run at the Phoenix Theatre from Wednesday 24 May until Saturday 26 August.

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