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World premiere of Bananaman the Musical in London
It has been announced that Bananaman the Musical is heading for a world premiere in London, produced by SightLine Entertainment in partnership with DC Thomson.
News of the live production was followed by an invite to an official industry launch in London on 2 February 2016, when further details about the musical will be made public. The musical is written by Leon Parris and will be directed by Fred Perry, with co-direction and choreography by Grant Murphy.
"This is 29 Acacia Road. And this is Eric Wimp. He’s a schoolboy who leads an amazing double life. For when Eric eats a banana an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is Bananaman. Ever alert for the call to action."
Bananaman began life in the 'Nutty' comic in 1980 and transferred to 'The Dandy' before joining the world’s longest-running comic, 'The Beano' in 2012. Described as 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 3 series and 40 episodes on the BBC.
Founder of Sightline Entertainment, Fred Perry's production credits include 'Cinderella – Boom or Bust!' (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), 'A Comedy of Arias' (New Ambassadors Theatre), 'The Caretaker' (National Tour) and 'A Slice of Saturday Night' (Gala Theatre).
Leon Parris is a writer and composer of musicals including 'Wolfboy', 'Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five', 'Stig of the Dump' and 'Monte Cristo'. He was winner of the Vivian Ellis Best Musical Award and The Really Useful Group award for most promising writer.
Further information about Bananaman the Musical will be announced after 2 February 2016.