The Toxic Avenger

4 star rating

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The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third. 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.
The Toxic Avenger at the Arts Theatre

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Genre: Musical
Venue: Arts Theatre
Started: Thursday 28 September 2017
Closed: Sunday 3 December 2017
Running time:2 hrs 15 mins (inc interval)
Age suitability: 12+


Following a sold-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse where it received 6 Off West End Award nominations including Best New Musical, cult rock musical The Toxic Avenger is transferring to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited season.

From Joe DiPetro and David Bryan (original founding member and keyboardist/vocalist for Bon Jovi), the Tony Award-winning team behind the hit West End musical ‘Memphis’, this acclaimed rock musical dubbed “an intoxicating blast of fun” by The Daily Telegraph in their 5-star rave review and the Daily Express says ‘“To anyone that has seen the Book of Mormon, this is a must-see younger brother of a show”.


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, win the heart of the prettiest (blindest) librarian in town and get home in time for dinner in this toxic love story with an environmental twist.

Based on the 1984 cult classic, The Toxic Avenger tells the story of the citizens of Tromaville who are crying out for a hero.

Enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem.

When a 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 superhero!

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Previews from:Thursday 28 September 2017

Press night:Monday 2 October 2017

Closes:Sunday 3 December 2017

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑00pm (2nd October)

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm

Sunday ‑ 6‑30pm



Saturday - 3-00pm

Sunday - 3-00pm



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Ben Irish (Melvin/Toxie)

Natalie Hope (Mayor)

Emma Salvo (Sarah)

Oscar Conlon-Morrey (White Dude)

Ché Francis (Black Dude)

(Mark Anderson as Toxie was replaced on 7 Nov by Ben Irish)


Author: Joe DiPietro, based on Lloyd Kaufman's The Toxic Avenger
Composer: David Bryan
Lyricist: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan
Director: Benji Sperring
Designer: takis
Musical direction: Alex Beetschen
Choreography: Lucie Pankhurst
Lighting: Nic Farman
Sound: Andrew Johnson
Production: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment.

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