They promise you’ll be laughing out loud at the antics of Suella Braverman, Nigel Farage, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and many more in a new incarnation of the world famous satire show Spitting Image.
The stage production Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image Saves the World is opening at Birmingham Rep with a creative team that includes original Spitting Image co-creator, Roger Law - 40 years after the show was first filmed in Birmingham. Roger is joined by a comedy tour de force writing team featuring Al Murray, Matt Fordeand and Sean Foley.
Voiceover artists are yet to be announced. But the team have issued a serious warning ahead of the show saying: Trigger warning: contains jokes, some of which are really naughty. The show will be at The Rep from Wednesday February 1 to Saturday March 11
What is the plot of Idiots Assemble - Spitting Image Saves the World?
World famous celebrities will be 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.
When did Spitting Image first become famous?
The BAFTA and Emmy award-winning satirical Spitting Image television series originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996, and was watched by over 15 million viewers.
It recently made a popular return to TV on BritBox, where across official social media channels, Spitting Image content has been hugely popular with over 200 million views globally, three number 1 trending videos on YouTube and achieved critical praise across the political divide.
Three one-off specials for ITV have also seen huge success on terrestrial television: with a 4.4 million audience achieving ITV’s highest Saturday night ratings at that time in four years.
Who is on the creative team for the Spitting Image stage show?
The full creative team is: Director Sean Foley, writers Al Murray, Matt FordeandSean Foley,Caricaturist SupremoRoger Law,
Set Designer, Alice Power, Video Designer Nina Dunn, Sound Designer Paul Groothuis, Lighting Designer Tim Mitchell, Puppet Master Scott Brooker, Costume Designer Lotte Collet, Choreographer Lizzi Gee, ComposerFelix Hagan, Production Manager John Rowland, Associate Director Nyasha Gudo, Associate Sound Designer Simon King, Assistant Set Designer Catherine Morgan, Puppet Casting Director Mikey Brett, Creators of Spitting Image Peter Fluck and Roger Law, Producer for Birmingham Rep Chloe Naldrett, General Manager Emma Brunjes and Executive Producers Richard Allen-Turner and Jon Thoday for Avalon.
The puppeteers are: Will Palmer, Tom Quinn, Katie Bradley, Rayo Patel, Paula Brett, Jojo Lin, Kaidan Dawkins, Chand Martinez, Pena Liyambo, Faye Weerasinghe, Bertie Harris and Helen Parke.
What have the Idiots Assemble - Spitting Image Save the World team said about the production?
Sean Foley said: “Trying to develop a satirical comedy based on the shifting politics of today has been the original fool’s errand: we’ve already thrown away 3 entire scripts - and several famous puppets aren’t even going to make their stage debuts anymore…
“But the sheer joy of casting Tom Cruise alongside King Charles, Greta Thunberg, RuPaul, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has made up for it. To be premiering this theatrical extravaganza in Birmingham, the home of the original ground-breaking television series, is a wonderful thrill.
“It’s a who’s who of the good, the bad and the ugly,” commented Al Murray. “I know Marvel like to say it, but our showis the greatest crossover event of all time. Where else could you get Michael Gove, Tom Cruise, Sir Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Daniel Craig, Fiona Bruce and Paddington Bear on a single stage?’
Matt Forde added: “We are living through an insane, abnormal, infuriating period, so the timing of this show couldn’t be better. It’s vital that we see our leaders lampooned with cutting satire and yes, whacked over the head with a big stick.”
Idiots Assemble - Spitting Image Saves The World will be at The Rep from Wednesday February 1 to Saturday March 11. For more information and to book go to Birmingham Rep