Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical (West End)
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Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical (West End)

Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

(124 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Absorbing

About the Show

An irreverent musical based on the hit puppet-based sketch TV show.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (124)

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62 Reviews | 3 Followers
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you love satire and do not take everything too seriously

Don't see it if If you hate satire and cursing words

139 Reviews | 4 Followers
Unique, Life size (sort of) caricature puppets, Visual effects, Wow choreography, Fun shock factor

See it if The puppets are super impressive! In your face fun! Songs & Wow dancing! 5 ⭐️ for the hardworking cast/puppeteers!

Don't see it if you are offended by profanity. Triggers - flashing lights/fireworks & loud bangs

59 Reviews | 0 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like spitting image and satire

Don't see it if you don't like spitting image and satire

184 Reviews | 30 Followers
Silly/bonkers, Excruciating, Slow, Hilarious, Funny

See it if your up for a laugh

Don't see it if outdated jokes at times or parody songs aren't your thing

148 Reviews | 19 Followers
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You like great puppetry with a leave your brains at home spoof/parody involving political characters

Don't see it if You are expecting satire of highest quality

67 Reviews | 0 Followers
Resonant, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You admire puppetry and the craft. The comedy is what you expect of Spitting Image - enjoyable.

Don't see it if You’re easily offended or expecting a clean, polished show. This is slick, but you’ll see wires and flaky latex aplenty.

147 Reviews | 13 Followers
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You’re a spitting image fan, like good puppeteering, or are looking for some questionable ‘humour’ and not live ‘impressions’

Don't see it if You’re looking for a musical - this is not one ! No live singing or music !! Might as well stick a cd on.

161 Reviews | 28 Followers
Funny, Banal, Quirky

See it if you want an irreverent and very in your face comedy that, much like the show, is a little hit and miss. Great puppetry though.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a sharp satire- this flirts with satire but never fully achieves it.

Critic Reviews (9)

London Theatre
June 22nd, 2023

“If this parade of people really does represent the future, we will need the refuge allowed by art more than ever.”
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Time Out London
June 15th, 2023

“As a technical feat, wow...really it’s the puppets that make the show...with 15 puppeteers doing a fantastic job of bringing those famous faces to life and making themselves disappear. Sometimes those puppets get absurd and profane and spittingly angry things to say. More often, like those penises, the satire flops.”
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The Stage (UK)
June 15th, 2023

“...funny and a little nostalgic, with a few familiar musical numbers with heavily re-jigged lyrics to help pick up the pace. Certainly, this show works logistically on stage, with an impeccably coordinated team of incredible puppeteers manipulating more than 106 familiar characters.”
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The Arts Desk
June 16th, 2023

“If you are in the mood for a plush seat from which to vent your anger at the Tories, this may be the show for you.”
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Lost in Theatreland (UK)
June 15th, 2023

Apart from the Putin number and a few slurs, this show is not as offensive as it promises to be. Although the puppetry is masterful, and fans of the TV show will probably enjoy seeing it come to life, Spitting Image isn’t the great satire it promises to be. Alas, it’s more amusing than side-splittingly funny.
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Everything Theatre (UK)
June 16th, 2023

“Life is tough for many today, and humour helps in facing our difficulties. This is also a time when people are cautious about expressing opinions in case they’re shot down: satire exposes you to attack. ‘Idiots Assemble’ stands up to this brazenly, defiant and disruptive. It’s not only entertaining but essential in this political climate.”
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The London Evening Standard
June 15th, 2023

“Despite fearing the worst, ‘Spitting Image’ in the rubbery flesh proved to be shockingly funny. I had not expected it to be this entertaining.”
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June 15th, 2023

“It is undeniably exciting and equally impressive to see these remarkable puppets in the ‘flesh’. They are all remarkably executed, brilliantly observed and immediately recognisable...It all makes for an evening that ends up being very hit-and-miss with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments but also some distinctly dubious ones as well.”
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