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About the Show

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!

Prepare to laugh, scream and sing as 'Toxie' rocks the house and saves the day.


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“No superhero of horror movie cliché is left unturned as this hilarious show rattles along at a frenetic pace”

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“The Toxic Avenger – The Musical doesn’t take itself seriously. Indeed, any attempt to take it seriously is entirely missing the point.”

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“Fearless and anarchic and a delightful rebuff to political correctness”

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“Hits don´t come more smash than this.”

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“Hewing pretty closely to the original movie, we meet the twisted inhabitants of Tromaville, New Jersey, where glowing nuclear waste oozes from pipes, the tap water is flammable and the fish are deformed monstrosities.”

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“A madcap musical that pulls the right strings to make for a frivolously fun evening”

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“The audience howled with laughter throughout”

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“The comedy delivered on point at such a ferocious pace, is two hours of pure escapism”

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“This sense of partnership, and the fun that the actors are clearly having, ensure that The Toxic Avenger is the most joyous musical currently playing on the London stage.”

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“Simply unmissable”

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Ben Irish

BEN IRISH as Melvin/Toxie

Training: Arts Educational Schools London

Theatre credits include: Cover Sam Wheat and Carl in GHOST The Musical (Asia tour); Josephine in Sasha Regan’s All Male HMS Pinafore (UK tour); Ensemble in Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai Culture Square); Ben in Some Words (workshop); Ensemble/cover Mabel in Sasha Regan’s All Male Pirates of Penzance; Prince Charming in Cinderella (Stag Theatre); Great British Musicals (St. James Theatre); Dick in Dick Whittington (Grove Theatre); West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre); 42nd Street Gala (London Palladium); Three Composers, Three Countries (Landor Theatre); Prince Edward in Cinderella (Wakefield Theatre Royal); Eddie in London the Summer Musical (Sunway Amphitheater, Malaysia); Prince Fredrik in Snow White (Grand Theatre Blackpool); Olivier Awards (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Broadway to West End (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Jack and the Beanstalk (Malvern Theatre).

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Emma Salvo


Training: LIPA and the Royal Academy of Music

Credits include: God in Holy Crap (King’s Head) Jan in Grease (Royal Caribbean/David Ian Productions), Performer in Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre), Fairy Crystal in Sleeping Beauty (Mercury Theatre), Mother in Sincerely, Mister Toad (Selladoor UK Tour).

Natalie Hope

NATALIE HOPE as Mayor/Ma Ferd/Nun

Training: Laine Theatre Arts

Theatre includes: Sweet Charity (Manchester Royal Exchange); Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve Theatre); The Commitments (Palace Theatre, West End); Our House (Savoy Theatre, West End); Sister Act (No.1 UK Tour); Evita (Bill Kenwright Productions, UK Tour); Disney’s High School Musical (No.1 UK Tour); Fame (Shafesbury Theatre, West End and No.1 UK Tour); Don’t Stop Believing (UK Tour); Rocky Horror Show (No.1 UK Tour); Laughter in the Rain (Bill Kenwright Productions, No.1 UK Tour); Beyond the Barricade (UK Tour).

Workshops include: Son of Ranbow (Old Vic); Guy Fawkes: A New Musical (Alan Boulter)

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Che Francis

CHÉ FRANCIS as Black Dude

Ché will soon be graduating from LAMDA with a Degree in Professional Acting. During his training, his credits have included:

Theatre credits:


Ché also appeared in short film PAYBACK during his studies.

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Oscar Conlon-Morrey


Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Oscar has just graduated from Drama School and is excited to be making his professional debut in The Toxic Avenger.

Credits In Training Include: Baron Von Gaigern in Grand Hotel, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dwight in Lockhart, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Justin West in Dolly West's Kitchen, Backing Vocalist for Kerry Ellis and Ben Forster in Future Dreams. Oscar was a finalist and runner up in the 2017 Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year competition.

Workshop credits include: Fanny in Fanny and Stella for Theatre Bench (Eamonn O'Dwyer, Alistair Knights), Strauss in Bismarck at The Nottingham Playhouse, The President of Laputa in Gulliver's Travels (Andrew Doyle, Duke Special), Jeffrey in Union S.C. (Jonathan Butterell, Ashley Robinson), Frank in Our Season's End at The Arts Theatre (Elliot Clay, Tom Attwood), Daniel in Changing Fashion (Stephen Lowe, Martin Berry), Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre.

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Peter Bindloss

PETER BINDLOSS as Swing Toxie/White Dude

Peter trained at Arts Educational Schools London.

Peter recently appeared in the World Premier of Holy Crap! at the Kings Head Theatre

Credits whilst training include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Easy Virtue, Jerry Springer the Opera and The Life.

Sophia Lewis

SOPHIA LEWIS as Swing Mayor/Sarah/Black Dude

Sophia trained at London School of Musical Theatre.

Theatre credits include: Performer/Ensemble in WEST END LIVE - HAIR THE MUSICAL, Roza & Ensemble in GLASGOW GIRLS (UK Tour), Nikita in BOLLYWOOD ROSE (British Asian Festival/Watford Palace Theatre), Evil Stepmother in ARTHURS QUEST: A MEDIEVAL MUSICAL (Edinburgh Fringe / Space UK), Rita/Barbara in 1963 THE HAD A DREAM (Cochrane Theatre) and Sebastian in THE TEMPEST (Millfield Theatre).

Theatre Credits whilst training: Viola in THE TWELFTH NIGHT (LMST Studios), Madame Virago in MARRIAGE A LA MODE (LSMT Studios), Ensemble in REDHEAD (Bridewell Theatre), Ensemble in HAIR (Workshop / LMST), Policeman in PIRATE OF PENZANCE (Workshop / LMST).

Film and Televison: Actor in CANVAS (Short Film), Mya In DETENTION (Film)

Other Performance Work: Mary in REPUTATION (Workshop)

For more information about Sophia, visit: www.access-uk.com

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GUITAR: Tom Coppin

REED: Jack Reddick

BASS: Sam Pegg

DRUMS: Bob Carr




Book and Lyrics: Joe DiPietro


Joe’s current Broadway hit Memphis won the Tony Award for Best Musical and two additional Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (with David Bryan). Joe was born and raised off Exit 166 in New Jersey and thus has been a Toxic Avenger fan for the last twenty years. Joe wrote the book and lyrics for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the longest-running musical revue in New York history which has had hundreds of productions across the country and around the world. He also wrote the book and lyrics to the Broadway musical All Shook Up, and the award-winning musical, The Thing About Men, which has played internationally. His plays include the Edgar Award-winning mystery, The Art of Murder, as well as the long-running hit comedy Over the River and Through the Woods, which has had over a hundred productions around the world and is currently being developed into a feature film. He lives in Manhattan and Connecticut, but his heart will always be in New Jersey.

Music and Lyrics: David Bryan


Keyboard Player and Founding Member of Bon Jovi, Singer/Songwriter Composer, Lyricist and Programmer David Bryan lives near Exit 109 off the Garden State Parkway. He was conceived, born and raised in New Jersey. As a young man, he saw The Toxic Avenger at a midnight showing in Newark, and from that day on, he dreamed of writing a musical about the first mutant superhero from his home state. This show is a fulfilment of that dream. David has accomplished some other stuff, too. He is the keyboard player, songwriter and a founding member of Bon Jovi one of the most successful bands in music history. They’ve sold over 130 million records worldwide, performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans, and were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. They’ve survived and thrived the Rock and Roll years, the Grunge years, the Rap years and everything in between. On the bands award-winning CD Have A Nice Day, David and Jon wrote the song Last Cigarette. David has also written and released a solo record, Lunar Eclipse (Rounder/Universal) - an instrumental collection with a single vocal bonus track highlighting all of the aspects of his training and influences blues, classical, jazz and of course, rock & roll. In his time-off from recording and touring with Jon, Richie and Tico, David began a career as a composer and lyricist of musicals. The song Memphis Lives In Me, which he performs on Bon Jovis recent box set, is actually from his musical, MEMPHIS which recently won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. David also won a Tony for Best Orchestrations (with Daryl Waters) and Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (with Joe DiPietro). In addition to his musical theatre compositions and writing with bandmates Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, with whom he co-wrote the bands hit, In These Arms, David continues to write with and for other artists. The most successful cover of a Bryan song may be Curtis Steigers rendition of This Time, which was a major International hit for him. David has also dedicated his time to become a National Spokesperson for VH1s Save The Music Program, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of music education in Americas schools. For more on David, visit www.DavidBryan.com.

Director: Benji Sperring


Benji studied Drama and English at the University of Manchester before going on to train in directing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is artistic director of Tarquin Productions (www.tarquinproductions.co.uk), a company that he founded in 2012. Benji is also associate director at the King's Head Theatre. Benji's credits as director include: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Wilton's Music Hall); HOLY CRAP (King's Head Theatre); THE TOXIC AVENGER (Southwark Playhouse); SHOCK TREATMENT, the world stage premiere of the sequel to The Rocky Horror Show (King's Head Theatre); THE STRIPPER (St James Theatre); VALLEY OF SONG (Finborough Theatre); THE BLIND and THE INTRUDER (Old Red Lion Theatre, Tabard Theatre); THE BALD PRIMA DONNA (Old Red Lion Theatre); THE IMMORTAL HOUR (Finborough Theatre), FIND ME (David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth and Woking Festival), HUIS CLOS (John Thaw Studio, Manchester), PARTY TIME (John Thaw Studio, Manchester), SOCK (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester) and ASSASSINS (Palace Theatre, Manchester). Benji's productions have been nominated for Best Off West Production at the WhatsOnStage awards (Shock Treatment, 2015), eight nominations including Best Musical Production and Best Director for the OffWestEnd Awards (Toxic Avenger, 2016), nine nominations including Best Musical and Best Director at the Broadwayworld Awards, and given Time Out's critics choice three times.

Musical Director: Alex Beetschen


Training: Jesus College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. As musical director and arranger/orchestrator: The Stripper (St James Studio); Shock Treatment (King's Head Theatre); Summertime (Arts Theatre);The Marriage of Figaro (King's Head Theatre/UK Tour); Dido and Aeneas (King's Head Theatre); A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (UK Tours with The Lord Chamberlain's Men).As musical director: Love's Labour's Lost (Hackney Empire), The Toxic Avenger(Southwark Playhouse); Little Red Riding Hood (National Youth Ballet); Once We Lived Here(King's Head Theatre); Ulla's Odyssey (King's Place/UK Tour) and La Traviata (Soho Theatre/Tricycle Theatre).As assistant musical director: Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange); A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep); West Side Story (NYMT).As composer: Stranger Side (short film), At the Manger (for choir and orchestra). Alex recently orchestrated a new version of The Magic Flute for OperaUpClose for a run at the Soho Theatre and UK tour. He is currently working on a musical theatre adaptation of Roger Corman’s 1959 movie A Bucket of Blood and a new musical, Gamechanger, which was shortlisted for the inaugural Stiles + Drewe mentorship award.

Choreographer: Lucie Pankhurst


Training: Arts Educational School and the London School of Contemporary Dance. Recent credits include: The Toxic Avenger (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh/Southwark Playhouse); Holy Crap (King’s Head); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Wilton’s Music Hall); Guess How Much I Love You (Greenwich/Middle East); Wonderland (No.1 UK Tour); Children Of Eden (Union Theatre); The Stripper (St James's Palace); Christie In Love (King’s Head Theatre); The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre); The Royale (The Royal Tabernacle); The Silver Sword (UK Tour); Sam Shepherd’s The Late Henry Moss (Southwark Playhouse); Sweet Charity (NYMT/Curve, Leicester) and The Royale (Bush Theatre). Other work includes: Shock Treatment (Kings Head); Love Story (Union Theatre); Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse); Betwixt (Kings Head); Dancing at Lughnasa, Twelfth Night, 3 Men in a Boat and Birdsong for the Original Theatre Company; Mort, Love and Madness, Vanishing Point and Peter Pan for YMT (Peter Pan also as a workshop production at the Lyric Theatre); The Fast Show Live tour, directed by Roxanna Silbert; Troilus and Cressida (National Theatre, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn); Assistant Choreographer to Arlene Philips for the original choreography for We Will Rock You (directed by Christopher Renshaw) and Drowning Point (Edinburgh Festival and Regents Park Open Air Theatre). Lucie has devised, directed and choreographed shows for Ocean Village cruises for Micha Bergese Productions and the show Cacophony, a national tour for the Generating Company. Television credits include: The Tim Vine Special (Baby Cow); Goodness Gracious Me (the reunion show for the BBC);Horrible Science (Hat Trick Productions); The Catherine Tate Nan Special (Tiger Aspect); series choreographer Horrible Histories - also the Prom concert 2011; Viva Blackpool; The Omid Djalili Show and Dead Ringers (3 series); Some Girls, Watson and Oliver and Dead Boss for the BBC; Hit Me Baby One More Time, The X-Factor and Bonkers for ITV; Wedding Belles by Irvin Welsh; The Paul OGrady Show; Boys Will Be Girls and Bad Education for Channel 4 and Caroline Quentins Little Cracker for Sky. Film credits include: Scenes in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society(Blue Print Pictures); Florence Foster Jenkins (Pathé/BBC Films); Lady Chatterleys Lover (Hartswood Films); Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent. Lucie has also choreographed and directed movement for commercials for companies including: 4Creative, RSA, Hungry Man and Homecorps. She’s worked on live events such as contributions to the Cultural Olympiad, launches, hair and fashion shows in the U.K and internationally. Her own productions have been supported at the Place Choreodrome, seen at the South Bank, Lilian Baylis Theatre and at the Place Theatre as part of the Spring Loaded season.

Designer: takis


takis is a London based performance designer, working both nationally at many of the UK’s leading theatres and internationally he has designed a wide range of productions in diverse genres. Musicals include: Five Guys Named Moe (Marble Arch Theate), Hairspray (UK tour), Flashdance (UK Tour), Side Show (Southwark Playhouse), In the Heights (King’s Cross Theatre & Southwark playhouse), Oliver, The Sound of Music & Chicago(Leicester Curve), The LKY Musical (Singapore Marina Bay Sands), Grease(Norway), Spring Awakening & West Side Story (NYMT), The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre)...Theatre include: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Clytemnestra & Measure for Measure (Sherman Theatre),Am I Dead Yet?, Fear & I caught Crabs in Walberswick (Bush Theatre), The Memory of Water (New Vic Theatre/SJT), Bacchae (Royal & Derngate), Napoli (West Yorkshire Playhouse & tour), The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theatre), Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing (Chester Open Air Theatre); Midnight Your Time, Dusk Rings a Bell, Lidless(HightTide/Edinburgh Festival), The Early Bird (Finborough Theatre),Signs of a Star Shaped Diva(Theatre Royal Stratford East & tour), Invasion (Soho Theatre)...Opera includes: La Rondine & Die Fledermaus (Opera Holland Park), Ulysses’ Homecoming, La Calisto, Ottone & Life on the Moon (English Touring Opera), Maria Callas - Vissi D'arte, Vissi D'amore(Barbican), Nikos Skalkotas (Queen Elizabeth Hall)...Dance includes: The Little Mermaid (Finnish National Ballet),7-75 (The Place), Reminiscence (Rambert Dance Company)...Circus includes: Any Port in a Storm (Giffords Circus)Site Specific/Installations include: Plus or Minus, Suit Yourself (Design Museum Helsinki), Rover (Hampton Court Palace), Stovepipe (National Theatre/HighTide), Ditch (Old Vic/HighTide), Forgotten Peacock (London Design Museum)...Commercial includes: Toyota C-HR(European car launch)...He has been nominated for best set design for the productions of In The Heights (Southwark playhouse & King’s Cross Theatre), Side Show (Southwark playhouse), Fear (Bush Theatre), His Teeth (Only Connect) and Stovepipe (National Theatre/HighTide).www.takis.info@takis_DESIGN

Sound Designer: Andrew Johnson


Andrew has spent the last 17 years working in sound and the last nine years working in pro- fessional theatre as Production Sound Engineer, Operator, Assistant Sound Designer, Associ- ate Sound Designer and Sound Designer. Andrew has won Broadway World Fans Choice Award for Best Sound Design for The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway and has also been shortlisted for Best Sound Design for Grand Hotel, Mack & Mabel and Titanic in the UK. Theatre credits include: Saturday Night Fever (Beau Sejour, Guernsey); The Knowledge (Charing Cross Theatre); Brexit The Musical (London & Edinburgh); 13, Pinnochio (The Ambassadors, London); The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre); Tommy UK Tour (Ramps On The Moon Project 2018); The Play That Goes Wrong (Lyceum, Broadway); The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (TRSE); Death Takes A Holiday (Charing Cross Theatre);Promises Promises, Allegro, The Toxic Avenger, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel, Dogfight, The A- Z Of Mrs P, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel and Company (Southwark Playhouse); Christina Bianco - Oh Come All Ye Divas!, Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre); Lee Mead - Some Enchanted Evening(UK Tour); Girlfriends (Mountview); Sinbad The Sailor (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre and UK Tour); The Secret Garden (New Ambassadors / British Theatre Academy); The Stripper (St. James Theatre); Les Misérables (Surrey Youth Music Theatre); GSA Foundation Showcase (GSA/University Of Surrey); Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre and Southwark Playhouse); An Inspector Calls (UK Tour); The Witches (Curve, Leicester & UK Tour); Robin Hood, Shalom Baby, A Clockwork Orange (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Bells Are Ringing, Catch Me If You Can, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, The Concrete Jungle, Bat Boy (ArtsEd); The Smallest Show On Earth (Mercury, Colchester & UK tour); West End Men (UK Tour 2015, Vaudeville, Winter UK tour 2012 & Singapore); Bruce Forsyth Entertains (London Palladium and UK Tour); Sleeping Beauty (Millfield); Calamity Jane (UK Tour); Let It Be (UK Tour, Moscow, Japan Tour and Monaco; Head of Sound, Savoy Theatre); Rent (UK concert tour); Hormonal Housewives (UK Tour); The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (UK Tour); Beauty And The Beast (SYP, High Wycombe); High School Musical 2 (SYP, Hastings); Search For A Twitter Star Live Finals (Lyric Theatre); West End Eurovision 2012 (Dominion Theatre); Midnight Tango (Aldwych Theatre & UK Tour); Snow White, Cinderella (Qdos, Hastings); Top Hat, Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK Tour); West Side Story (HQ, High Wycombe); Last Five Years (Tabard); Legacy Falls (New Players Theatre); Buddy The Musical, Cats (Channel Islands); Departure Lounge (Waterloo East); An Evening With Blake, Matt Monro Jnr, Our House, Beauty And The Beast, Hairspray, Jus’ Like That (UK Tours); End Of The Rainbow (Northampton); Cats (international arena tour); Les Misérables Concerts, Cacophony, Noise Ensemble, High School Musical 2, Rent, Fame (UK Tours);Shout (UK Tour and Arts); The Wedding Singer (UK Tour); Little Shop of Horrors (West End and UK Tour); Footloose (UK Tours and West End); Rent Remixed (Duke Of York’s); Fiddler On The Roof (Savoy Theatre); An Epitaph For George Dillon (Comedy Theatre) andLoveshack The Musical (UK Tour). One day events include: Hastings Beer And Music Festival 2014-2017; Follies (London Palladium); Side By Side By Sondheim (Novello Theatre); Flying With The Stars (London Palladium); Boogie For Stu (New Ambassadors Theatre); West End Live (2013/2014), Proms In The Park (2012/2013). Andrew was also arena sound operator for the London 2012 Olympics at Horse Guards Parade. Forthcoming work includes: The Woman In White (Charing Cross Theatre), Rapunzel (TRSE) and Bananaman The Musical (Southwark Playhouse). Andrew is a Project Manager and Sound Designer for Creative Technology. www.ctlondon.com

Lighting Designer: Nic Farman


Winner of The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers & ALD Award for New Talent in Entertainment Lighting 2016. Winner of the Francis Reid Award as part of the ALD Michael Northen Bursary 2013. Nominated for Best Lighting Designer at the 'Off West End Awards’in 2016 for The Spanish Tragedy and in 2015 for Shock Treatment and The Win Bin. Musicals include: Working (Southwark Playhouse); The Toxic Avenger (Pleasance Edinburgh & Southwark Playhouse); How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Wiltons Music Hall); The Stripper (St. James Studio); Dusty (Auzura, P&O Cruises); Children of Eden (Union Theatre); Brexit The Musical (C Venues Edinburgh); The Life (Arts Ed Studio); Urinetown (Pleasance Theatre); Dracula! (Soho Theatre); Hostage Song; Valley of Song (Finborough Theatre) and Holy Crap and Shock Treatment (King’s Head Theatre). Other Theatre includes: The Invisible Man (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Late Company (Trafalgar Studios & Finborough Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Derngate, Northampton); Spindrift (The Garage, Norwich & The Drum, Plymouth); Coming Clean; Cosi; F*cking Men (King’s Head Theatre); Positive (Park Theatre); The Crucible; Balm in Gilead (Arcola Theatre); The Heart of Things (Jermyn Street Theatre & Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames); The Penelopiad; Grace; White Pig (Jacksons Lane); Romeo and Juliet (Newbury Corn Exchange & National Tour); Cinderella (Leicester Square Theatre); The Boy and The Mermaid (National Tour); Richard III (Cockpit Theatre & Greenwich Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Upstairs at The Arts); A Local Boy (National Tour); The Spanish Tragedy; The Win Bin; The Bald Prima Donna; The Upstanding Member (Old Red Lion Theatre); The Blind/The Intruder (Old Red Lion Theatre & The Tabard); Daisy Pulls it Off; A Level Playing Field (Shoreditch Town Hall); Pig Girl; (Finborough Theatre); Little Red Riding Hood(Chelsea Theatre); Metamorphosis; Dr Faustus; The Good Person of Szechwan; Tartuffe; Lysistrata; Still the Beating of My Heart; Blood Wedding; Mac-Beth; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Woyzeck (National Tour for Theatrical Niche); The Little Mermaid (Riverside Studios); Empires (Bush Theatre); Fulfil Me Fully, Phil; A Life in Monochrome (The Space) and The Laramie Project (Leicester Curve). Opera includes:Madam Butterfly; La Boheme; Cosi Fan Tutte (King’s Head Theatre) and The Immortal Hour (Finborough Theatre).

Assistant Choreographer: Paul Saunders


Training: London Studio Centre Recent Workshop and Creative credits include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Bridget Jones the Musical; Billy Elliot coach; Resident Dance Coordinator for Wicked (UK Tour) and Assistant Choreographer for The Buskers Opera (The Park Theatre); The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Leicester De Montford Hall). Recent Theatre credits include:Wicked (International Tour); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Original Cast - Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Jesus Christ Superstar (Arena Tour) and Wicked (Apollo Victoria). Recent television credits include: The Voice (BBC); The X Factor (ITV); Brit Awards (ITV); Royal Variety Performance (ITV); Britain’s Got Talent(ITV); Dancing on Ice (ITV); Let’s Dance (BBC); Olivier Awards (BBC); Very Important Person (Channel 4); Bad Education (BBC); Watson and Oliver(BBC) and 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Closing Ceremonies (BBC).

DSM: Sophie Mason


Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London graduating with a degree in Theatre Production Arts in 2015. Recent Stage Management credits include: Tick, Tick...BOOM (Aria Entertainment & Joe C Brown in Association with The Park Theatre), Kings Place Music Foundation, The Crystal Maze London, The Good Person of Szechwan (MATA), Legally Blonde The Musical (Urdang Academy), Cinderella (Newbury Corn Exchange), Karagula (D.E.M Productions & PigDog in Association with Soho Theatre),Lockhart, A Southern Gothic Musical (MATA), Exactly Like You (Joe Brown & Matt Whayman), An Evening with Patrick McNab – Hollywood Legend (The 42nd Theatre Company), Typoon Festival (Yellow Earth Theatre), I Was A Wife (The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster), Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (MATA), BOAT (PigDog Productions), Tape Face Xmas Special, The Boy With Tape on his Face: Cornucopia (Palace Theatre) and several years of Another F*cking Variety Show at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Gag Reflex Mananagement. Credits whilst training include: Billy The Musical, Karagula, A Level Playing Field, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ruthless! The Musical and Vernon God Little.

ASM: Ella Wheway


Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Nominated for the SMA Student Of The Year Award). Recent credits include:The Toxic Avenger (Assistant Stage Manager - Pleasance One, Edinburgh Fringe); The Hired Man (Scenic Artist - Union Theatre); King Lear (Stage Manager - Venice Open Stage Festival); Promises, Promises (Scenic Artist - Southwark Playhouse); Spring Awakening(Wardrobe Assistant - NYMT, Curve) and Through The Mill (Scenic Artist - Southwark Playhouse). Ella is very excited to be able to open The Toxic Avenger at the Arts Theatre. Instagram - wheway.scenic

ASM: Kelly Evans


Kelly has been a Stage Manager for nearly 6 years, and a lighting biased theatre technician for almost 9 years. Lighting credits include:Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Into The Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); West End Eurovision (Dominion Theatre); Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Guys And Dolls and The Last Tango (Phoenix Theatre); Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Radio 1’s Teen Awards(Wembley Arena) and the Omid Djalili Comedy Tour (Eventim Apollo). Kelly's stage management experience ranges vastly from Opera to beloved children's television character tours. Stage Management credits include: Channel 5’s Milkshake and Sid from CBeebies’ Deep Sea Discovery (National Tours); Madam Butterfly (Secret Opera); Carmen (International Liberation Festival Jersey-Jersey Opera House); Diary Of A Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse) and My Space:My Freedom (Bernie Grants Arts Centre). This is Kelly’s first production at the Arts, and she is very much looking forward to rocking and/or rolling with everybody on The Toxic Avenger. Enjoy!

Sound Operator: Charles Parry


Training: BSc (Hons) Music Technology (Birmingham Conservatoire/Birmingham City University) Sound Operator credits include: Brexit the Musical (C Venues, Edinburgh & Adelaide House); The Grapes of Wrath (UK Tour); 9 to 5, Candide (The Bridewell Theatre); Promises Promises, Allegro, The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); All Aboard (Electric Theatre, Guildford); Merlin, The Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); The Adventures of Pinnochio (Greenwich Theatre); The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Arcola Theatre); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Nottingham Theatre Royal); Avenue Q, Crazy For You (Upstairs at The Gatehouse). Sound Designer credits include: The Twentieth Century Way (Jermyn Street Theatre); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Shaw Theatre); Musical of the Year, Merrily We Roll Along, The Drowsy Chaperone (Stockwell Playhouse); Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at The Gatehouse); Rent (Tabard Theatre). Charles is excited to return to the world of Tromaville after working on the runs of The Toxic Avenger at Southwark Playhouse and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This will be the tenth production Charles has worked on with Aria Entertainment.

Costume Assistant: Zahra Mansouri


Training: Central Saint Martins in BA(hons) Theatre Design for Performance. Recent credits include:Late Company (Trafalgar Studio 2 - transfer from The Finborough); Associate Designer with Fourth Monkey TC; 5-show finale at the Ed-Fringe Space UK and transfer to the Camden Fringe, having designed over 6 months their 3 rep seasons at Monkey House; Costume Styling for Sleeping Trees: Movie Trilogy Tour, The Pleasance King Dome, BAC and UK Tour; Holy Crap (Kings Head); Orlando, a devised site-specific National Trust tour including Knole House and Hanbury Hall, with Clay and Diamonds and Flare Season: The Queer Element (BFI). Other work includes:Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre 503); This Little Life of Mine (Park 90 - nominated for Best Set Design by Off West End);American Wife (Park 90) and Blood Wedding which opened the new venue for Theatre Cavantes; The Marked (Oval House and Pleasance King Dome) and The Cause(Jermyn Street Theatre). She was also Assistant to the Designer for Trevor Nunn’s King John (Rose Theatre). Past productions include:Character (Tristan Bates); The Great Gatsby (Wilton’s Music Hall) and Being Tommy Cooper (Old Red Lion). For more visit www.zahramansouri.com

Casting Director: Jane Deitch


Jane was Head of Casting for BBC Drama Series 1999-2006. Productions include : EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Waking The Dead, Judge John Deed. She now casts theatre, musical theatre, television & films. Key credits include the films Unhallowed Ground & Welcome To Leathermill, Othello(Riverside Studios), Lend Me A Tenor, The Musical (West End), Bouncers (tour) directed by John Godber, Flowers Of The Forest, The Green Bay Tree, The First Man& I Loved Lucy at The Jermyn Street Theatre, The Great Jewish American Songbook& Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), Forever Plaid (St James’) Toxic Avenger at Southwark Playhouse, the Charity Gala Performance of Robert J Sherman’s new musical, Bumblescratch at the Adelphi Theatre, Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden at The Jermyn Street Theatre, Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse. Recent credits include How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at Wilton’s Music Hall, Pete n Keely at The Tristan Bates Theatre, Tick Tick Boom at The Park Theatre, Maxim Gorky’s The Last Ones at The Jermyn Street Theatre, The Heather Brothers’Holy Crap at The King’s Head, the West End transfer of I Loved Lucy at The Arts Theatre, Brexit The Musical and Toxic Avenger at the Edinburgh Festival, Some Lovers– Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s new musical for Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage season at The Other Palace and A Spoonful Of Sherman at Café Zedel. Current projects include the feature film Being Hamlet directed by Suri Krishnamma, Little Women for Aria Entertainment at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and The Break– new musical workshop plus ongoing recruitment of Musical Theatre practitioners for Educational projects in China. Contact : jane@janedeitch.co.uk

Producer: Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment Ltd


Entertaining the nation for over 30 years, Flying Music and Flying Entertainment have produced numerous nationwide tours and have presented a wide variety of artists including Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Dionne Warwick, Glen Campbell, the Four Tops, John Mayall, Go West, Nik Kershaw, TPau and many more. Pioneers of the package tour, credits include: The Solid Silver 60s Show, The Solid Gold Rock n Roll Show and Maximum Rhythm n Blues. Original shows created by the company include Hollywood and Broadway, The Magic of the Musicals, Salute to Sinatra, Dancing in the Streets, The Rat Pack which returns to the west end December 2017and Thriller Live, now in its 9th year in the West End. Co-productions include Green Days American Idiot, Rock the Ballet, Rasta Thomas, Romeo and Juliet, Let it Be, The Kite Runner, Adam & Eve...and Steve and The Toxic Avenger. www.flyingmusic.com

Producer: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment Ltd


Aria Entertainment was founded in 2012 by Katy Lipson. Katy has just been awarded the Best Producer award by the Off-West End Awards and is a recipient of the Stage One Bursary and Start Up Award. Katy is currently lead producer on the UK Tour of The Addams Family and the 50thAnniversary production of Hair at the London Vaults, which she originally co-produced with Hope Mill Theatre in 2016, where she is Resident Producer and co-artistic director for in-house productions. She is also producing the London transfer of new musical The Toxic Avenger at The Arts Theatre, West End following a run at The Edinburgh Festival's Pleasance Theatre. Recent productions include: the London transfer of YANK! (Charing Cross Theatre); tick, tick...BOOM! (Park Theatre); Pippin,YANK!, Parade and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre); Promises, Promises and The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); Vanities The Musical (Trafalgar Studios); See What I Wanna See and The Return Of The Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre); Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Adventures of Pinocchio, Lizzie and The Who's Tommy (Greenwich Theatre); The House of Mirrors & Hearts, Supported By Grant For The Arts (Arcola Theatre) and Marry Me A Little, Jerry’s Girls and Forever Plaid (St. James Studio). Katy is proud to have launched the From Page to Stage season of new musicals. She has produced four seasons, which showcased over 8 new musicals in each. The project was supported by Grant For The Arts in2014,2015and 2016. The 2017 took place at Andrew Lloyd-Webber's recently-acquired theatre, The Other Palace, and was sponsored by RUG, TRW and R&H. Other current projects include:Little Women (Hope Mill Theatre). Twitter: @AriaEnts www.aria-entertainment.com