6-7 Great Newport Street, London
Previews: 28 September 2017
Opens: 2 October 2017
Closes: 3 December 2017
Buy tickets: 0844 847 1722 or1: Buy tickets online
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Monday no shows
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 3.00pm and 6.30pm
Runs ? hours and ? minutes
£? to £?
(plus booking fees if applicable)
A major production of the cult rock musical The Toxic Avenger in London for a strictly limited
It's a toxic love story with an environmental twist as Toxie - a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match - trys to save New Jersey, end global warming, win the heart of Sarah, the prettiest (and blindest!) librarian in town, and get home in time for dinner!
The good citizens of the City of Tromaville are crying out for a hero when in enters Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when the corrupt Mayor and her government goons get wind of his plans, they vow to stop this heroic feat. Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste, and transformed into The Toxic Avenger - New Jersey's first (and last?) superhero!
PLEASE NOTE: The age recommendation for this show is 12 years old and over.
The cast features Mark Anderson as 'Melvin / Toxie', Emma Salvo as 'Sarah' and Natalie Hope as 'the Mayor' with Oscar Conlon-Morrey and Che Francis. This production comes to London's Arts Theatre following an acclaimed run at the Southwark Playgouse in south-east London last year. This rock musical is based on the 1984 American superhero comedy horror film by Lloyd Kaufman and Joe Ritter. Featuring music by David Bryan, lyrics by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro. Directed by Benji Sperring with choreography by Lucie Pankhurst and lighting by Nic Farman. Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's West End credits include the Memphis the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2014 and the musical comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Comedy Theatre (now Harold Pinter Theatre) in 1999. David Bryan is also an original founding member and keyboardist/vocalist for the band Bon Jovi.
When this staging was seen at the Southwark Playhouse in April 2016, Denis Haman in the Daily Express praised it was being "equally funny as it is rude," explaining that "the five actors playing all the roles have clearly had - and are still having - a blast performing the musical, and it really shows. The energy, pace, and timing is superb, in addition to glorious vocals and exceptional acting... The songs are great, and for musical theatre nerds, there are number of nods to various other musicals littered throughout the show." Lucinda Everett in the Daily Telegraph hailed it a being "a gloriously silly, perfectly executed, can't-wipe-the-grin-off triumph. Taking his cue from the film's aesthetic, director Benji Sperring gives us campy charm by the bucket-load... Sperring's direction is so slick and witty, his cast so talented, that we're able to delight in the farce and knowing winks, confident that everything's firmly under control. There are countless perfectly pitched moments," concluding that "this show isn't for the easily offended but it is most certainly for those in search of a great blast of fun." Sam Marlowe in the Times wrote: "Cheap jokes, repeated ad nauseam: that's pretty much what you can expect from this horror-spoof musical... Still, Benji Sperring's European premiere production is slick, pacy and performed with terrific verve by a cast of five. They sing the bland rock score with lung-busting gusto and deliver the lame gags with way more comic brio than they deserve... It's manic, trashy and sometimes mildly amusing. If you're looking for anything more, though, The Toxic Avenger is a toxic waste of time." The cast for the Southwark Playhouse run (previewed from 22 April 2016, opened on 26 April 2016 and closed 21 May 2016) featured Mark Anderson as 'Melvin / Toxie', Hannah Grover as 'Sarah' and Lizzii Hills as 'the Mayor' with Marc Pickering and Ashley Samuels - casting for the 2017 Arts Theatre run to be announced.
The Toxic Avenger in London at the Arts Theatre public previews from 28 September 2017, opens on 2 October 2017 and closes on 3 December 2017