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A naked pamphleteering exercise: Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical, at Phoenix Theatre, reviewed

8 July 2023

9:00 AM

8 July 2023

9:00 AM

Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical

Phoenix Theatre, until 26 August


Hampstead Theatre, until 22 July

Nothing demonstrates the inanity of profanity like an undercooked comedy. The famous Spitting Image puppets have returned in a political musical that’s more cuddly than cutting. Writers Matt Forde and Al Murray add a lot of swearing to their punchlines without understanding why. The temptation to use the F-bomb is a warning sign from the writer’s internal editor: ‘Delete and try again.’

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