The new musical based on the television series will play at the Phoenix Theatre from the 24th May until the 26th August 2023.

(c)Mark Senior

It has been confirmed that the comedy musical written by Al Murray (The Pub Landlord) Matt Forde (The Political Party) and double Olivier award winner  Sean Foley (The Upstart Crow, The Play What I Wrote) will be making its West End debut next month, as performances begin at the Phoenix Theatre from the 24th May.

The news follows the musical’s world premiere at the Birmingham Rep in February and features a line-up of over 100 puppets.  

World famous celebrities are thrown together as Tom Cruise is tasked by King Charles with saving Great Britain. Greta Thunberg duets with Stormzy as Putin and Xi watch on from their premium seats in the stalls. Have they just come out for a night on the town? Or will they wipe out all of civilisation? A show simultaneously inspired and appalled by real events.

Talking about the news, director 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 Sunak and Angela Rayner battling it out, Tom Cruise making his theatrical debut and Adele singing her heart out, I hope this uniquely anarchic musical will continue to make people laugh.”

The creative team behind the production also includes: Set Designer, Alice Power, Video Designer Nina Dunn for Pixel Lux, Lighting Designer Tim Mitchell, Puppet Master Scott Brooker, Costume Designer Lotte Collet,  Choreographer Lizzi Gee, Incidental Music Composer and Musical Director Alexander S. Bermange, Incidental Music Arranger and Producer Jerome van den Burghe,  Creators of Spitting Image Peter Fluck and Roger Law, General Manager Emma Brunjes for ebp, and Producers Richard Allen-Turner and Jon Thoday for Avalon.

Spitting Image is the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning show which originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996, making a return to television on BritBox recently.

To book tickets for Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image the musical click here.


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