PREVIEW: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾: The Musical, Menier Chocolate Factory

Sue Townsend’s book The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ will head to the London stage as a musical from the 14th July. 

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Luke Sheppard’s production will make its London debut following its run at the Leicester Curve in 2015.

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?

Sue Townsend’s beloved novel was first transformed into a stage production in 1984 featuring music by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley which ran at the Wyndham’s Theatre and on UK tour.

This new musical production will feature music and lyrics by  Pippa Cleary and book and lyrics by Jake Brunger. Since its original run in 2015 in Leicester, the musical has undergone numerous changes in preparation for its upcoming London run.

With casting yet to be announced, the creative team for the musical will include choreography by Rebecca Howell, set and costume design by Tom Rogers, lighting by Howard Hudson, sound by Gregory Clarke and orchestrations by Paul Herbert. It is produced by the Menier Chocolate Factory and Curve, in association with Anthony Clare and David Ian Productions.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ the Musical will appear at the Menier Chocolate Factory from the 14th July. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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