The Toxic Avenger musical transfers to the Arts Theatre this September

The musical comedy returns to London


Following a run at the Southwark Playhouse in 2016, it has been announced that the cult rock show The Toxic Avenger the Musical will transfer to the Arts Theatre in the West End for a limited 10-week run from 28 September to 3 December, with an official opening on 2 October.

Written by Joe DiPetro and David Bryan, the composers of the Tony Award-winning Memphis the Musical, The Toxic Avenger is based on Lloyd Kaufman's cult 1984 comedy film of the same name.

Produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment, the production will once again be directed by Benji Sperring with musical direction by Alex Beetschen, lighting design by Nic Farman and choreography by Lucie Pankhurst.

Casting for the production is to be announced.

Described as a bizarre love story with a environmental twist, The Toxic Avenger The Musical tells the story of the citizens of Tromaville, who are crying out for a hero. “Enter nerdy Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist, determined to clean up the state’s major toxic waste problem. When a corrupt Mayor and her government goons get wind of his plans, they vow to stop this heroic feat. Melvin is attacked and tossed into a vat of toxic waste... transforming him instantly into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero!”

The production previously ran at the off-West End venue in Southwark where it received good reviews and was described as a "sharp and well-presented musical" by London Theatre.

The Toxic Avenger is also scheduled to run at the Edinburgh Festival this summer ahead of the West End run.

The Toxic Avenger tickets are now on sale at the Arts Theatre London.

 

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