Southwark Playhouse is to stage the first musical adaptation Bananaman.

Based on the 80s comic book hero, the less-than super Man-of-Peel will once again take on some equally clueless villians, in a new musical written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five, Stig of the Dump).

Part fond parody of the super-hero genre, part riotous comic slapstick – this is a potassium powered action comedy the whole family will love!

For those too young to remeber the 80s, Bananaman, a unique member of the superhero ranks, began life in the Nutty comic in 1980, trasferred to The Dandy and then joined the worlds longest running comic The Beano in 2012.

A send-up of the likes of Superman and Batman, he was the subject of the hugely popular TV cartoon that ran between 1983 and 1986 for three series and 40 episodes on the BBC and featured the voices of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie from The Goodies.

Directed by Mark Perry (The Caretaker, Little Shop of Horrors), choreography is by Grant Murphy, with set and costume design by Mike Leopold (Thoroughly Modern Millie 48 Hour).

The show received a rehearsed reading at last year’s From Page to Stage festival, but will have a full run at Southwark this Christmas.

Casting is yet to be announced.

Bananaman The Musical will run from 15 December 2017 until 20 January 2018 at Southwark Playhouse.