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Benji Sperring Directs The Toxic Avenger at the Arts Theatre

Tuesday, 2nd May 2017  

The Toxic Avenger - Arts Theatre

The Southwark Playhouse, New World Stages in New York, the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey. All of these venues have something in common in that they have all housed the popular musical version of The Toxic Avenger and this September we will be able to add the Arts Theatre in London’s West End to the list. The acclaimed production heads to the venue for a brief run in the latter months of the year.

The news that The Toxic Avenger is coming to the West End will come as no surprise to those that have tried to get tickets for the production at the Southwark Playhouse, where it enjoyed a sold-out run in 2016. The show, from Joe Pietro and David Bryan and based on Lloyd Kaufman’s 1980s film, plays at the Arts Theatre under the direction of Benji Sperring and is sure to be memorable, particularly for those that relish the idea of seeing the title mutant realised onstage.

The superhero of the title is the focus of The Toxic Avenger. A mutant, he is a former scientist who ends up transformed by a tub of toxic waste and designated a hero for New Jersey. So whilst he begins as Melvin Ferd the Third, tasked with cleaning up New Jersey’s toxic waste, he becomes The Toxic Avenger, who owes his powers to that very problem.

This being a musical, however, means that audiences will also witness various songs throughout the show, including You Tore Out My Heart, Hot Toxic Love and Get The Geek, amongst others.

Director Benji Sperring has been behind a host of shows during his career including Valley Of Song at the Finborough Theatre, Fun Like Stalingrad at the Hen And Chicken and his sequel to The Rocky Horror Show called Shock Treatment.

So the Arts Theatre is added to a list that includes venues like the Alley Theatre, Texas and others as it hosts The Toxic Avenger The Musical from Monday 2nd October 2017 (previews from Thursday 28th September 2017). It continues at the West End venue until December 2017.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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