Following acclaimed runs at the Leicester’s Curve theatre in 2015 and the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2017, the musical will play at the Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical will open for previews at the Ambassadors Theatre from the 15th June for a limited season, with a special Gala performance on Tuesday the 2nd July.
A timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles and unrequited love, told through the eyes of tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual Adrian Mole. One of the most enduring comedy characters of all time, he’s the hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain.
Based on Sue Townsend’s beloved book, the musical features a book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary and is directed by Luke Sheppard. Casting has yet to be announced.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ was Townsend’s first novel, was originally published in 1982 by Methuen, but is now published by Penguin Books. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, been translated into 30 languages, and spawned seven sequel Adrian Mole novels. The novels have previously been adapted for the stage, radio and television.
Talking about the news The Townsend family said, “Sue loved West End theatre, and she loved working with Jake and Pippa on the creation of this show. We’re very happy for her and Mole that thirty years after his last appearance, a new generation has brought him back.”
The creative team for the production also includes choreography by Rebecca Howell, set and costume design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson, musical direction by Mark Collins, musical supervision and orchestrations by Paul Herbert and children’s casting by Jo Hawes CDG.