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The Toxic Avenger at The Arts Theatre (Photo: Irina Chira)

The Toxic Avenger at The Arts Theatre (Photo: Irina Chira)

Social takeover: The Toxic Avenger

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 21 November 2017

They’re the lean, green, B-movie comedy-horror-cult musical machine – and the cast of The Toxic Avenger proved just as hilariously mad as their show when they took over our Instagram story on a two-show day this weekend (Saturday 18 November).

In a show chock-full of gags from start to finish, ranging from punning perfection to side-splitting slapstick, we knew what we were in for when we granted the hilarious cast the keys to our social media. You can check out their backstage antics below.


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The Toxic Avenger is the brainchild of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan (an original founding member and keyboardist/vocalist for rock giants, Bon Jovi), the Tony Award-winning creative team behind the smash hit West End musical Memphis.

Following a critically acclaimed UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2016, The Toxic Avenger transferred to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited season earlier this year, via an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Based on the 1984 comedy-horror-cult classic film of the same name, the show sees the citizens of Tromaville crying out for a hero – but will they really be saved by the nerdy Melvin Ferd the Third? Tossed into a vat of toxic waste, and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, he might just be the eco-friendly saviour they’re looking for.

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