Casting announced for THE TOXIC AVENGER at the Southwark Playhouse

The European premiere of the smash-hit off-Broadway rock musical, based on the 1984 classic cult film opens at Southwark Playhouse on 26 April, with previews from 22 April.

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music and Lyrics by David Bryan.
Directed by Benji Sperring. Musical direction by Alex Beetschen.
Set and Costume design by Mike Lees. Casting by Jane Deitch.
Lighting design by Nic Farman. Sound design by Andy Johnson. Choreography by Lucie Pankhurst.
Cast: Mark Anderson. Hannah Grover. Lizzii Hills. Marc Pickering. Ashley Samuels.

Press night: Tuesday 26 April at 7.30pm
Run: Friday 22 April – Saturday 21 May 2016

Mark Anderson stars as ‘Toxie’, The Toxic Avenger. Mark played Elder Thomas in the original West End cast of The Book of Mormon for two years from 2013 – 2015. Other credits include Legally Blonde, Love Me Tender, Mary Poppins, Stiles and Drewe’s 3 Little Pigs (International Tour), Once Upon A Mattress (Union Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin (Salisbury Playhouse) and Hello Dolly (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

Hannah Grover plays Sarah. Most recently she played the role of Molly in Ghost the Musical (English Theatre, Frankfurt). Other leading credits include Evita, Legally Blonde, and Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK Tours) and Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre).

Lizzii Hills plays Ma Ferd, Mayor and Nun. Her credits include The Wizard of Oz, Chicago (West End), Karen in Eastenders (BBC), Vanessa in Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures), Guys and Dolls, Crazy For You (Kilworth House Theatre), High Society and The Ratpack (Adelphi, UK Tour).

Marc Pickering plays White Dude. When he was 12, he was put forward for and won the role of Young Masbeth in Tim Burton’s film of Sleepy Hollow. He went on to appear in other high-profile films including Calendar Girls and Les Miserables. Theatre credits include The Elephant Man, An Incident at the Border (Trafalgar Studios), The Merchant of Venice (Arcola), Honeymoon Suite (Hull Truck), The Glee Club (UK Tour), The Wizard of Oz (Royal and Derngate) and The Long and the Short and the Tall (Pleasance). Television includes Boardwalk Empire and Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor.

Ashley Samuels plays Black Dude. He played The Doctor in The Book of Mormon (West End) from 2014-2016.

This run at Southwark Playhouse marks the first time The Toxic Avenger has been performed anywhere in Europe.

The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero – enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero!

‘Toxie’ is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match. He’s out to save New Jersey, end global warming, woo the prettiest (blindest) librarian in town and get home in time for dinner, in this toxic love story with an environmental twist. Prepare to laugh, scream and sing as ‘Toxie’ rocks the house and saves the day.

The European premiere of this monster of a rock ‘n’ roll musical comedy from the Tony Award-winning creative team behind Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, is based on Lloyd Kauffman’s 1984 cult classic film from Troma Entertainment. It debuted off-Broadway on April 6, 2009, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. This production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Writer Joe DiPietro says: “The Toxic Avenger is a modern, musical superher​​​​o and the w​​orld leader in the fight against pollution, corruption and evil politicians. So how brilliant that he’s finally going where he’s needed most: London.”

Please note: The Toxic Avenger marks the introduction of allocated seating to Southwark Playhouse in The Large space. Patrons can pick their seats online or will be given best available seats when booking over the phone. Seating in The Little space remains unreserved.