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Idiots Assemble - Spitting Image Saves The World: Live on Stage

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With a plot more improbable than the last year of British politics! Join the iconic Spitting Image puppets in this world premiere as they grace the stage for the very first time.
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…

40 years after Spitting Image was first filmed here in Birmingham, the iconic puppets return to the city for this world premiere, directed by The Rep’s own Artistic Director double Olivier Award winner, Sean Foley.  With a creative team that includes original Spitting Image co-creator, Roger Law, alongside a comedy tour de force writing team of Al Murray, Matt Forde and Sean Foley,  Idiots Assemble – Spitting Image Saves the World: Live on Stage promises to be the unmissable, laugh-out-loud show to kick-start your 2023!

Trigger warning: contains jokes, some of which are really naughty.

Here’s a selection of our GREAT reviews…

★★★★★ … This lavish extravaganza…The evening triumphs through technical slickness, loving attention to detail, a high gag-rate and character-count and a trenchant storyline…Mission impossible – yet accomplished”
The Telegraph

Dazzling…expertly brought to life…This is a stunning technical achievement”
The Times

A visual marvel…Each puppet is the epitome of its true life person instantly recognisable, wickedly cruel and wittily funny…works of art in themselves. Idiots Assemble recreates the golden age of Spitting Image”
What’s On Stage

Spitting Image is a spectacle. The puppetry is a pleasure to watch”
The Guardian

hilarious…kept me laughing until the curtains fell”
Birmingham Mail

Fantastic latex caricatures brought to life by astonishingly talented puppeteers and gifted impersonators”

Weapons-grade silliness from front to back, Chaotic Good from top to bottom and funny right down to its very marrow. What a coup for Birmingham Rep to have landed the world premiere”
I Choose Birmingham

Presented By

Avalon and Birmingham Rep

Written By

Al Murray, Matt Forde and Sean Foley

Directed By

Sean Foley

Access Performances

Audio Described: Tue 7 Mar, 7.30pm (audio described by Julia Grundy and Carolyn Smith)

BSL Interpreted: Sat 4 Mar, 2.30pm (interpreted by Harjit Jagdev)

Captioned: Thu 23 Feb, 7.30pm

Relaxed: Thu 2 Mar, 2.30pm



from £16.50

Age Guidance


Content Advice

Idiots Assemble – Spitting Image Saves The World contains sensitive content including offensive language and content of a sexual nature.

Further information can be found here.

Please note

This production contains flashing lights, haze and some loud bangs and flashes.

Running Time

Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes including interval

Special Offers

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Fees & Charges

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See what MP Jess Phillips thinks of having her very own Spitting Image puppet

Hear from the creative team

Meet the cast

(subject to change!)

Donald Trump

Donald Trump puppet pointing at the camera.

Jurgen Klopp

King Charles

Puppet of King Charles

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak puppet


Ru Paul Spitting Image Puppet

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise Spitting Image Puppet

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin Spitting Image Puppet

Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping Spitting Image Puppet

Greta Thunberg

Puppet of Greta Thunberg

Harry & Meghan

Harry and Meghan Spitting Image Puppet

Nicola Sturgeon

Puppet of Nicola Sturgeon

Harry Kane

Harry Kane Puppet - he is wearing an England football top. and blue jacket.


Sean Foley


Al Murray
Matt Forde
Sean Foley

Caricaturist Supremo

Roger Law

Set Designer

Alice Power

Video Designer for Pixellux

Nina Dunn

Sound Designer

Paul Groothuis

Lighting Designer

Tim Mitchell

Puppet Master

Scott Brooker

Costume Designer

Lotte Collett


Lizzi Gee

Puppetry Consultant

Laura Bacon

Song Arrangements & Producer

Felix Hagan

Incidental Music Composer & Musical Director

Alexander S. Bermange

Incidental Music Arranger & Producer

Jerome Van Den Berghe

Penis Costume Design

Alice Power

Associate Director

Nyasha Gudo

Technical Director for Pixellux

Harrison Cooke

Associate Video Designer for Pixellux

Libby Ward

Associate Sound Designer

Simon King

Puppetry Casting Director

Mikey Brett

Production Manager

John Rowland

Creators of Spitting Image

Peter Fluck
Roger Law

Producer for Birmingham Rep

Chloe Naldrett

General Manager

Emma Brunjes

Producers for Avalon

Richard Allen-Turner
Jon Thoday

Puppetry Captain

Will Palmer

Dance Captain

Katie Bradley


Katie Bradley
Julian Brett
Kaidan Dawkins
Bertie Harris
Jojo Lin
Pena Iiyambo
Chand Martinez
Will Palmer
Helen Parke
Rayo Patel
Tom Quinn
Faye Weerasinghe

Voiceover Artists

Al Murray
Debra Stephenson
Jojo Lin
Jason Forbes
Jess Robinson
Josh Berry
Kathryn Drysdale
Lorna Laidlaw
Luke Kempner
Matt Forde
Ronan Summers
Shri Patel

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