Bananaman The Musical

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Musicals - New shows

A video has been released for the song 'A Call To Action' from the world premiere of the all-singing, all-flying Bananaman The Musical due at Southwark Playhouse from December 15.

'A call to action' is the first song released for the world premiere of Bananaman the Musical, due at Southwark Playhouse from 15 December 2017 to 20 January 2018.

The song features Marc Pickering, who plays Doctor Doom in the show.

The song comes in the first half of the musical when Doctor Gloom is planning ways to deal with Bananaman who is thwarting his plans for world domination!

Matthew McKenna stars as Bananaman, the "handsome hero" of the musical.

Matthew McKenna stars in Bananaman The Musical at Southwark Playhouse

Matthew McKenna stars in Bananaman The Musical

Mr McKenna has appeared in many major West End musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Legally Blonde the Musical, We Will Rock You, Starlight Express (as Elektra), and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) and both Singing in the Rain and 42nd Street at the Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris.

The cast is:

Cast of Bananaman The Musical at Southwark Playhouse

Image: Cast of Bananaman The Musical

Top row (from left):

Doctor Gloom - Marc Pickering

General Blight - Carl Mullaney

Crow - Jodie Jacobs

Mrs Wimp - Lizzii Hills

Middle row:

Eric - Mark Newnham

Fiona - Emma Ralston

Chief O'Reilly - TJ Lloyd

Bananaman - Matthew McKenna

Bottom row:

Mad Magician - Brian Gilligan

Ensemble - Amy Perry

Ensemble - Chris McGuigan

Bananaman The Musical at Southwark Playhouse

Image: Sightline Entertainment

Bananaman, the Man-of-Peel, is a unique member of the superhero ranks.

The handsome hero may have a jaw line you can see from space and sport the snazziest of tight lycra outfits, but this superhero has 'the muscles of 20 men and the brain of 20 mussels.'

Which isn't much.

With supervillains Doctor Gloom and General Blight attempting world domination who can we call?

Superman's on holiday, Spiderman's not picking up - our only option, our very very last option is … Bananaman.

For the first time ever, Bananaman will be live on stage in Bananaman the Musical.

Bananaman the Musical, written and composed by Leon Parris and directed by Mark Perry, will run at Southwark Playhouse from December 15 to January 20 2018.

Bananaman began life in the Nutty comic in 1980, and was a flyaway success, transferring to The Dandy before joining the world's longest-running comic, The Beano in 2012 and he is now one of The Beano's flagship characters.

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 three series and 40 episodes on the BBC and featured the voices of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie from The Goodies.

Fans of the the TV series will remember the iconic opening sequence ...

"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."

With a useless hero and some equally clueless villains, Bananaman's winkingly clever, delightfully silly humour has been sealed into the memories of those who saw him first, and will now spark the imagination of a new bunch of Bananafans.

It won't be long before we all 'Peel the Power' of Bananaman.

Bananaman the Musical is produced by Sightline Entertainment in partnership with Beano Studios.

Leon Parris (Writer and Composer)

Leon Parris is an award winning writer and composer for 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.

Mark Perry (Director)

Founder of Sightline Entertainment, Mark's production credits include The Famous Five, Honk, The Country, The Picture of Dorian Gray, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Just So, Bent and Stiffed.

Directing credits include A Comedy of Arias, The Caretaker, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sleuth, Cinderella Boom or Bust, A Slice of Saturday Night.

As an actor, Mark has worked extensively in TV and theatre both in the West End and on national tour.

Alan Berry (Musical Supervisor)

Alan is currently the Musical Director for The Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic.

Previous shows include Groundhog Day, Matilda The Musical, The Commitments, Ghost The Musical, Avenue Q, Shrek, Hairspray and Spamalot.

Future projects include Big Fish at The Other Palace.

Sightline Entertainment - Producer

Sightline Entertainment is an independently owned production company based in London.

Sightline produces commercial new work and revivals of both plays and musical theatre productions.

Beano Studios - Original Producer

Beano Studios is a new global multimedia company established to create, curate and deliver mischievous entertainment for kids aged 6-106, all over the world.

They produce diverse entertainment across multiple platforms including TV, digital, theatrical projects, consumer and the much-loved comic and annual.

More information here.


Bananaman - Matthew McKenna

Doctor Gloom - Marc Pickering

General Blight - Carl Mullaney

Crow - Jodie Jacobs

Mrs Wimp - Lizzii Hills

Eric - Mark Newnham

Fiona - Emma Ralston

Chief O'Reilly - TJ Lloyd

Mad Magician - Brian Gilligan

Ensemble - Amy Perry

Ensemble - Chris McGuigan


Book, Music and Lyrics - Leon Parris

Director - Mark Perry

Choreographer/Associate Director - Grant Murphy

Musical Supervisor, Orchestrator and Vocal Arranger - Alan Berry

Musical Director and Associate Arranger - Mal Hall

Set and Costume Designer - Mike Leopold

Costume Supervisor - Daisy Woodroffe

Lighting Designer - Mike Robertson

Sound Designer - Andrew Johnson

Co-producer and General Manager - Denise Silvey

Assistant Producer - Hazel Gardner

Producer - Sightline Entertainment in association with Cahoots Theatre Company and Beano Studios


Southwark Playhouse - The Large

77-85 Newington Causeway

London  SE1 6BD


Friday December 15 2017 to Saturday 20 January 2018

Press night - Thursday 4 January at 7-30pm

Monday to Saturday at 7-30pm

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3.00pm

No shows Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Extra Shows Thu 21 Dec, Fri 22 Dec, Wed 27 Dec, Thu 28 Dec, Fri 29 Dec at 3.00pm

No matinee show Sun 17 Dec


Previews £14, full £25, concessions £20

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