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Casting announced for Bananaman the Musical world premiere

Matthew McKenna is to star as Bananaman at London's Southwark Playhouse
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Matthew McKenna is to lead the cast of Bananaman the Musical at the Southwark Playhouse in London.

The musical, based on comic character Bananaman, is written by Leon Parris and directed by Mark Perry.

McKenna, who featured in The Phantom of the Opera, is joined by Marc Pickering, Jodie Jacobs, Mark Newnham, Carl Mullaney and TJ Lloyd.

It will run from December 15 to January 20, with press night on January 4.

Sightline Entertainment is producing the show with set and costume design by Mike Leopold.

Bananaman first appeared in a 1980 Nutty comic, eventually transferring to The Beano in 2012. The character also featured in a cartoon series on the BBC between 1983 and 1986.