Sue Townsend’s novel Adrian Mole is one that has spanned generations, from it’s first publication in the ‘80s to the TV shows that followed. But it’s probably fair to say most people under the age of 30 aren’t too acquainted with the acne-prone teenager. That was until 2015, when Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary give Moley a new breath of life with a musical adaptation in Leicester. After a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory two years ago, it’s making its West End premiere... Read more
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, the musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's novel, is set to transfer to the West End's Ambassadors Theatre this summer.
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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Our Review of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole - The Musical
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 Leicester. Thatcher's in Number Ten and Reagan's in the White House, but politics is... Read more