Everyone's favourite fruit-based superhero, Bananaman, is set to hit the stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical which will receive its world premiere in December.

Written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Monte Cristo), the musical will see Eric swap 29 Acacia Road for 77-85 Newington Causeway when it debuts at Southwark Playhouse later this year.

Bananaman started fighting crime in 1980, before transferring to The Dandy and then The Beano in 2012. The popular TV cartoon ran between 1983 and 1986 for 40 episodes and featured the voices of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

The musical will be directed by Mark Perry (A Comedy of Arias, Little Shop of Horrors) and sees our hero attempt to halt the evili plans of supervillains Doctor Gloom and General Blight.

The production will have musical supervision by Alan Berry, design by Mike Leopold, and choreography by Grant Murphy. Casting to be announced.

Bananaman the Musical will run at Southwark Playhouse from 4 to 20 January 2018, with previews from 15 December 2017.