The Toxic Avenger at Southwark Playhouse
Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway London, SE1 6BD
The Toxic Avenger receives its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse.
The European premiere of this monster of a rock ‘n’ roll musical comedy from the Tony Award-winning creative team behind Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, and based on the 1984 cult classic film from Troma Entertainment comes to Southwark Playhouse.
The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero – enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero!
‘Toxie’ is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match. He’s out to save New Jersey, end global warming, woo the prettiest (blindest) librarian in town and get home in time for dinner, in this toxic love story with an environmental twist. Prepare to laugh, scream and sing as ‘Toxie’ rocks the house and saves the day.
The Toxic Avenger will run at Southwark Playhouse from 26 April 2016 until 21 May 2016.
Mark Anderson (The Book of Mormon, Legally Blonde) stars as Toxie alongside Hannah Grover (Ghost, Evita), Lizzii Hills (Chicago, EastEnders), Marc Pickering (Sleepy Hollow, Les Miserables) and Ashley Samuels (The Book of Mormon).
The Toxic Avenger features a book and music by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. It will be directed by Benji Sperring with musical direction by Alex Beetschen, lighting design by Nic Farman and choreography by Lucie Pankhurst.