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Overview

The brilliant and hilarious The Toxic Avenger returns to the London West End for a limited run at the Arts Theatre from 28th September 2017 to 3rd December 2017.

The Toxic Avenger tells the story of Toxie, a mutant freak with superhuman powers and a supersized heart who dreams of keeping New Jersey safe, saving the planet and winning the love of a girl. A hilarious toe-tapping musical that is bound to make you scream, laugh and sing, The Toxic Avenger is not to be missed.

The Toxic Avenger first opened at the Southwark Playhouse where it enjoyed an acclaimed sold-out run as well as 6 Off West End Award nominations. The production welcomes back Mark Anderson who will return to the role of Melvin/Toxie with an exciting new ensemble including Natalie Hope, Emma Salvo, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, and Ché Francis. Peter Bindloss and Sophia Lewis join the company as understudies.

Created by Joe DiPietro and Daniel Bryan and based on the 1984 film of the same name, the Tony-Award-winning team were previously behind the hit West End show Memphis.

The Toxic Avenger takes place in the town of Tromaville, in a time when the citizens need a hero. When Melvin Ferd the Third, a scientist with high aspirations of cleaning up the town faces up to the corrupt Mayor, her henchmen throw him into a barrel of toxic waste, turning him into New Jersey’s first ever superhero – The Toxic Avenger!

A seven-foot tall freak with super-strength and a super-heart, Toxie is on a mission to save the world and get the girl, who just so happens to be the prettiest (blindest) librarian in town. The Toxic Avenger is a hilarious love story with an environmental twist.

The Toxic Avenger is set to begin performances at the Arts Theatre on 23rd September 2017 and run for a limited period until 3rd December 2017 and is not to be missed.

Recommended for

The Toxic Avenger is perfect for anyone who loves off-beat and hilarious shows that are a little bit different to the standard West End. Adapted by Joe DiPietro and Daniel Bryan, fans of their previous show Memphis will also want to make sure to catch this.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours & 15 mins (including interval)
Opened: 28 Sep 2017
Press night: 02 Oct 2017
Booking from: 01 Dec 2017
Booking until: 03 Dec 2017

Location and map

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London, WC2H 7JB

82 Reviews Add review

The Toxic Avenger, written by Joe DiPetro and David Bryan, the Tony Award-winning team behind the hit West End musical ‘Memphis’, ... More

amandareynolds 5"6, 33 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The Toxic Avenger, written by Joe DiPetro and David Bryan, the Tony Award-winning team behind the hit West End musical ‘Memphis’, follows an unlikely hero, Toxie. A mutant freak who is out to save New Jersey and win the heart of his love, Sarah – a blind librarian. This show was a sell out success in 2016 at Southwark Playhouse where it received 6 Off West End Award nominations including Best New Musical. This year it has received an amazing response from Edinburgh Fringe before having a limited run in the West End. This is certainly a laugh-a-minute show! The audience were laughing out loud throughout the hilarious production. This musical is very un-PC, over the top and full of slap-stick humour. It goes against the norm and allows for pure escapism. It will have you grinning like a cheshire cat and laughing loudly from the start to the very end. The small cast of just five actors were all outstanding! Mark Anderson plays a fantastic mutant freak, managing to incorporate humour and also show a sensitive, human quality to Toxie. He has a superb voice with a great range. Emma Slavo stole the show as the blind librarian Sarah. She was absolutely hilarious to watch. Every second she was on stage she was in character and again her vocals were amazing. Likewise, Natalie Hope who played several female characters including the evil Mayor certainly has a fine set of lungs and once again her comic timing was spot on. Che Francis and Oscar Conlon-Morrey excelled at playing all of the other characters including policemen, Sarah’s best friends and highly camp hairdressers. With every character they brought something new and had the audience in stitches. The Legend of the Toxic Avenger sung by Conlon-Morrey as Folk Singer was especially memorable. Every element of the show was completely thought through from the cleverly designed set, excellent lighting to the fabulous onstage band. The audience was involved throughout and as an added extra for musical theatre fans there were frequent references to other musicals, at least 14 that I counted. This isn’t your normal kind of musical. It is fun, different and allows you to escape into a world of toxic waste, catchy songs, stunning vocals and gloriously funny characters! You won’t find anything else quite like this in the West End or country at the minute. I can guarantee you will leave intoxiecated! One not to be missed.

amandareynolds 5"6, 33 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Went to the first preview of this at the Arts last night and thought it was absolutely fantastic - can't remember the last time I ... More

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Went to the first preview of this at the Arts last night and thought it was absolutely fantastic - can't remember the last time I laughed so much at the theatre! I missed it at Southwark, but the guy sat next to me said it was completely different to how he remembered it at Southwark, in a good way. It really reminded me of Urinetown (which I thought was genius) and loved how they even hold up a Urinetown t-shirt at one point. The whole cast were amazing - they must have been exhausted by the end with so many costume and character changes. It says in the programme that it was the professional debut of the guy playing 'White Dude' and he was the stand out star for me - I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him. Will definitely be going back before the run ends! (Avoid the front row if you're not a fan of audience participation!)

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

This is my second time seeing the Toxic Avenger and I think I enjoyed it even more second time around - The Toxic Avenger has go... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This is my second time seeing the Toxic Avenger and I think I enjoyed it even more second time around - The Toxic Avenger has got to be one of my favourite musicals this year! I would say it is a mixture of The Book of Mormon meets Avenue Q meets Jerry Springer: The Opera. It’s definitely not for children or the easily offended, however if you go in with an open mind and don’t take what you see too seriously then you can’t help but laugh. The actors looked like they were having a great time and I can honestly say I haven’t laughed that much in a theatre for a very long time. Sometimes it’s great to see silly, over the top humour to just escape from the stresses of life!

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The Toxic Avenger has got to be one of my favourite musicals this year! I would say it is a mixture of The Book of Mormon meets A... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The Toxic Avenger has got to be one of my favourite musicals this year! I would say it is a mixture of The Book of Mormon meets Avenue Q meets Jerry Springer: The Opera. It’s definitely not for children or the easily offended, however if you go in with an open mind and don’t take what you see too seriously then you can’t help but laugh. The actors looked like they were having a great time and I can honestly say I haven’t laughed that much in a theatre for a very long time. Sometimes it’s great to see silly, over the top humour to just escape from the stresses of life!

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Campy, knowing, tongue-in-cheek spoof musical. Think along the lines of Rocky Horror or Little Shop of Horrors and you're in the r... More

ianwarde 5"5, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Campy, knowing, tongue-in-cheek spoof musical. Think along the lines of Rocky Horror or Little Shop of Horrors and you're in the right ballpark. The show is very funny and contains a couple of decent tunes. What makes the show are the brilliant performances. Just 5 actors (and a 5 piece band) bring the story to life, with 3 actors playing multiple roles. The number of quick changes are hysterical, and pulled off brilliantly! If you're looking for a laugh out loud show, then this is definitely recommended.

ianwarde 5"5, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is a hilariously fantastic show. There are 5 members of the cast and they must be the hardest working cast in the West End be... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 152 reviews, 9 helpful votes

This is a hilariously fantastic show. There are 5 members of the cast and they must be the hardest working cast in the West End because they never stop, some of them have loads of costume changes and I mean loads. It's great to have the band partially on stage and as part of the action. The script is extremely witty as are the lyrics. The songs are brilliant and always make me cry with laughter. I always come out wanting to go and see it again.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 152 reviews, 9 helpful votes

This is an excellent show. I have seen it several times and it just gets better. Really hilarious with amazing songs. This must be... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 152 reviews, 9 helpful votes

This is an excellent show. I have seen it several times and it just gets better. Really hilarious with amazing songs. This must be the hardest working cast in the West End who are extremely talented. There are five cast members but some of them have so many changes of characters and costumes throughout, it must be exhausting but adds to the audience experience. Love this show.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 152 reviews, 9 helpful votes

I loved seeing this show again, this time in central London. It didn’t matter that I knew nothing about the original Toxic Avenger... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 152 reviews, 9 helpful votes

I loved seeing this show again, this time in central London. It didn’t matter that I knew nothing about the original Toxic Avenger. This show was hilarious, lots and lots of belly laughing. Sometimes freaky, shocking and naughty but all in context and delivered brilliantly by this cast. The lead playing Toxic has the most beautiful voice. I love the music. I cannot fault this show. I highly recommend watching it. I’m going back to see it again.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 152 reviews, 9 helpful votes

Second time seeing this at The Arts and I really enjoyed it again - took some other friends with me this time and they absolutely ... More

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Second time seeing this at The Arts and I really enjoyed it again - took some other friends with me this time and they absolutely loved it too. There were loads of musical theatre references I missed the first time around, so it's definitely worth seeing twice as there is so much going on! Will try and go back again before the run ends.

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes