Pop goes the Prime Minister

THE politician who embraced Oasis and the whole “Cool Britannia” thing gets his own rock musical in Tony!, created by comedian Harry Hill and Bath-based Steve Brown, coming to the Theatre Royal, Bath, from Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th July.

The Tony Blair Rock Opera is on its first tour, direct from the West End, and stars Jack Whittle in the title role with Tori Burgess as Cherie, Howard Samuels as Peter Mandelson and Phil Sealey as Gordon Brown.

It’s a rip-roaring reappraisal of the life of Britain’s first pop Prime Minister with a line-up of some of the most famous characters to ever grace a tabloid newspaper aor 1990s news quiz.

Harry Hill and Steve Brown tell the story of how one man went from peace-loving, long-haired hippy and would-be pop star to war-mongering multimillionaire in just a couple of decades. Love them or love-to-hate them, the people who made the news during Blair’s tenancy of No 10 are all there, skewered by the writers’ sharp satire – the Blairs, Brown, Mandelson, Princess Diana, John Prescott, Alastair Campbell, Osama bin Laden, George W Bush and Saddam Hussein – it’s Yes, Minister meets The Rocky Horror Show.

The writers describe it as “a show for Tony lovers and haters everywhere – and everyone in between. Don’t expect a history lesson – in our world Tony’s born singing and dancing, Saddam Hussein is played as Groucho Marx and Gordon Brown occasionally turns into the Incredible Hulk. Let’s just say all the facts are there… but not necessarily as they occurred!”

Please note: Neither Tony Blair, the Tony Blair Institute, nor any other person featured in this production have endorsed the production or its marketing materials and are in no way affiliated with the production.

Pictured: Jack Whittle as Tony Blair; from left, Sally Cheng as Robin Cook, Tori Burgess as Cherie Blair, Jack Whittle, Howard Samuels as Peter Mandelson and Phil Sealey as Gordon Brown; photographs by Mark Senior.