The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, The Menier Chocolate Factory

Everyone’s favourite teenager Adrian Mole arrives at the Chocolate Factory this summer in this brand new musical take on the iconic Sue Townsend novel.

Set in 1980s Leicester, we follow the daily dramas and misadventures of Adrian’s adolescent life. With dysfunctional parents, ungrateful elders, a growing debt to school bully Barry Kent and an unruly pimple on his chin, life is hard for a misunderstood intellectual who is only 13 3/4… To top it off, when new girl Pandora joins the class and captures his heart, his best friend Nigel steals hers. Can Adrian win her love and escape from his chaotic family life?

With an infectious score and a script which stays true to the original novel, this heart-warming  musical will bring Adrian’s story to life for a new generation.

Book and lyrics are by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics are by Pippa Cleary and the show is directed by Luke Sheppard. 

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Suitable for ages 12+ 
Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary
Luke Sheppard
Songs by:
Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary
Howard Hudson
Greg Clarke
Tom Rogers
Rebecca Howell
Tom Rogers
Cast list:
Dean Chisnall (George), Lara Denning (Doreen), John Hopkins (Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton), Barry James (Bert), Kelly Price (Pauline) and Gay Soper (Grandma). Benjamin Lewis, Ilan Galkoff and Samuel Menhinick share the titular role,with Asha Banks, Georgia Pemberton and Lara Wollington sharing the role of Pandora, Jason Rennie, Callum Mcdonald and Connor Davies as Barry, and Amir Wilson, Edward Hooper and Max Robson as Nigel.

Menier Chocolate Factory

51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
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There are plenty of shows about how tough growing up can be. Matilda, Curious Incident, even Mosquitoes currently running at the National. But it would be difficult to find one as brilliantly British and as rip-roaring as The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.  The show is based on Sue Townsend's 1982 book (which later became a TV series) about Adrian, a 13-and-three-quarter year-old boy living in... Read more

Latest The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole News & Features

John Hopkins interview - 'I used The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole as a guide for my adolescence'
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Last week, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger have adapted Sue Townsend’s novel into a fresh, energetic British musical in a joyous production directed by Luke Sheppard. We spoke to one of the show’s stars John Hopkins, who has worked on screen for many years as well as appearing the Globe and with the RSC, about bring the story to the stage, and what it’s like performing in his first ever musical. What’s the story of Adrian Mole?

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical heading to Menier Chocolate Factory
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical heading to Menier Chocolate Factory
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Following a run at Leicester’s Curve Theatre in 2015 it has been announced that the new musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will have its London debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark this summer. The production will run from 14 July to 9 September 2017, with an official opening on 26 July.

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