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Sean Foley, the Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep has today announced two new world premiere comedies to start the New Year ’23; live on stage for the very first time – Spitting Image Live: Featuring the Liar King (1 Feb-11 Mar 23) and The Way Old Friends Do (17 Feb-4 Mar 23), a new comedy set in Birmingham. Tickets are now on sale to members with general booking opening at 12pm, Thu 30 Jun.


Foley, whose Olivier nominated production of Upstart Crow returns to the West End this Autumn, said, ‘It’s not often you get to direct Tom Cruise, Stormzy, Boris Johnson, Beyonce, and Her Majesty the Queen all on the same bill… I’m thrilled to be part of the team bringing this iconic British comedy to the stage – Spitting Image has always fearlessly pointed at the Emperors of our society and gleefully stripped them naked. This live show will be no different…’


Whilst Boris and his chums level themselves ever upwards to the sunlit uplands, Spitting Image are preparing to level them down to size in a theatrical extravaganza like no other. Join the circle of lies and see the puppets live on stage for the first time ever. Witness a monstrous cast of stars including The Liar King himself, Boris Johnson. Plus Tom Cruise & Michael Gove alongside  Tyson Fury,, Stormzy, Vladimir Putin & Xi  and many more.


Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law added: “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 characters essential for our kind of refined satire.”


Kit de Waal, Birmingham born and bred writer of My Name is Leon, together with Dean O’Loughlin, will collaborate on a new play for future production about the visit of Malcolm X to  Birmingham in 1965. In an extraordinary and little known visit


New additions to the 2022 programme for Autumn include Ballet Black (28 Sep 22) which will perform Black Sun and Say It Loud. Apphia Campbell will perform Black Is The Color of My Voice (9-11 Feb 23), the extraordinary show about Nina Simone, returning after a sell out run in The Door earlier this year. 


Additionally there will be two comedy nights in The Door in October – Desi Central Comedy Show (15 Oct 22) and COBO Comedy Shutdown (22 Oct 22) plus a film screening of The Influence of Shakespeare on Bollywood (20 Oct 22).


Also announced today, applications open on 4 July 2022 for next year’s Sky Comedy Rep.. Following on from the success of the first year, eight writers will be selected to develop their scripts leading to performances in May 2023. The writers will have mentors from the best in the comedy business, previous mentors include Meera Syal & Guz Khan.


Tickets for all of these new productions are now on sale to members with general booking opening at 12pm, Thu 30 Jun. To book tickets visit Birmingham-rep.co.uk, call 0121 236 4455 or visit the box office during opening hours.*

Written by: David Watkins

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