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Spitting Image Live

Spitting Image Live will tread the boards of Birmingham Rep from 1 Feb – 4 Mar 2023.

Due to the current chaos and anarchy in the UK, those sunlit uplands look like they are on hold for a while, but them’s the breaks!

Undeterred, Spitting Image is preparing a new cast of luminaries for a theatrical extravaganza like no other. See the world-famous puppets live on stage for the first time ever.

Witness a monstrous cast of stars including Tom Cruise & Michael Gove (together on stage for the very first time), Adele, Tyson Fury, Harry & Meghan, Stormzy, Beyoncé, Vladimir Putin & Xi Jinping, and many more. Plus possibly even The Liar King himself, (subject to parliamentary process – in puppetry no one is remotely indispensable).

Returning in 2020 Spitting Image delivered record subscribers for BritBox UK, the BBC and ITV created streaming platform, as well as picking up huge critical acclaim. Across official social media channels, new Spitting Image content was hugely popular with over 200 million views globally, three No. 1 trending videos on YouTube and achieved praise across the political divide. A one-off special for ITV also saw huge success on terrestrial television achieving a 4.4 million audience, the highest Saturday night ratings at that time in four years.

Written by Al Murray, Matt Forde and Sean Foley. Directed by Birmingham Rep’s Artistic Director, double Olivier Award winner, Sean Foley, this is sure to be the must-see theatrical spectacular of 2023.

Presented By

Avalon and Birmingham Rep

Written By

Al Murray, Matt Forde and Sean Foley

Directed By

Sean Foley


Captioned: Thu 23 Feb, 7.30pm

Relaxed: Thu 2 Mar, 2.30pm

BSL: Sat 4 Mar, 2.30pm


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Contains some strong language

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Meet the cast

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson Spitting Image Puppet

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan Spitting Image Puppet


Adele Spitting Image Puppet

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin Spitting Image Puppet

Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping Spitting Image Puppet

Priti Patel

Priti Patel Spitting Image Puppet

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury Spitting Image Puppet

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise Spitting Image Puppet

Ru Paul

Ru Paul Spitting Image Puppet

Michael Gove

Michael Gove Spitting Image Puppet

Birmingham Rep and Spitting Image have been receiving numerous calls from friends of Boris Johnson pleading with us not to cancel his puppet from our theatre show, ‘The Liar King’, opening in the New Year. Recent events made it doubtful if either Boris or Prince Andrew would be treading the boards… but after careful consideration we are now able to reassure them both that their puppets are the kind of heartless b******s essential for our kind of refined satire. Boris’s friends please note, and report to him that, YES, his puppet will appear wearing a gilet jaune yellow jacket pretending to be useful!” Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law

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