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Mike Bedigan, PA Los Angeles Correspondent & David Flett

Harry and Meghan make their stage debuts as gruesome puppets for Spitting Image

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their stage debut as gruesome puppets in new theatrical production, Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image Saves the World. Harry and Meghan featured alongside other famous faces including the King, rapper Stormzy and Tom Cruise at the show’s world premiere on Tuesday.

Co-written by comedians Sean Foley, Matt Forde and Al Murray, the production is being staged at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. It sees world famous celebrities thrown together, with Hollywood star Cruise tasked by Charles with saving Great Britain.

Other satirical puppets included on the show’s roster include climate activist Greta Thunberg and Sir Ian McKellen as well as former and current members of the Government. Some puppets are more exaggerated than others, with ex-Home Secretary Priti Patel depicted as a bat-like creature.

Spitting Image previously headed to London’s West End in 2022, with a show heavily featuring former prime minister Boris Johnson. The popular sketch show, featuring puppets of well-known figures, made its return on BritBox in September 2021 following its revival in 2020 for the first time in 24 years. It originally ran for 18 series between 1984 and 1996 and was watched by 15 million viewers in its prime.

Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image Saves the World, Live on Stage is presented by Avalon and Birmingham Rep.

Please scroll down for a gallery of images from the show...

Cast members with the Stormzy and Tom Cruise puppets (PA Wire/PA Images)
Jacob Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel are both reimagined as animals (PA Wire/PA Images)
Priti Patel is depicted as a bat (PA Wire/PA Images)
Michael Gove's smartly-dressed puppet (PA Wire/PA Images)
Sir Ian McKellen's puppet narrates the show (PA Wire/PA Images)
A Dominic Cummings puppet also gets in on the act (PA Wire/PA Images)
The puppets of Sajid Javid, Suella Braverman, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, Dominic Raab and Michael Gove perform outside 10 Downing Street (PA Wire/PA Images)
The RuPaul and Tom Cruise puppets with a cast member (PA Wire/PA Images)
Therese Coffey's cigar-smoking puppet (PA Wire/PA Images)

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