The European premiere of rock ‘n’ roll musical comedy The Toxic Avenger will open at Southwark Playhouse.

Directed by Benji Sperring, the new musical is from the Tony Award-winning creative team behind Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, and based on the 1984 cult classic The Toxic Avenger.

The Toxic Avenger follows Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem, but when he is tossed into a vat of toxic waste, he’s transformed into superhero The Toxic Avenger or ‘Toxie’.

Commenting on the production, DiPietro said: “The Toxic Avenger is a modern, musical superhero and the world leader in the fight against pollution, corruption and evil politicians. So how brilliant that he’s finally going where he’s needed most: London.”

The creative team also includes musical direction by Alex Beetschen, lighting design by Nic Farman and choreography by Lucie Pankhurst.

Casting is yet to be announced.

The Toxic Avenger will run at Southwark Playhouse from 26 April 2016 until 21 May 2016.

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