About the show
Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole comes to the stage with this new musical at Menier Chocolate Factory.
The musical adaptation of author Sue Townsend’s classic The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ makes its London debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory. This stage version of the famous book had its world premiere in 2015 at the Curve in Leicester, hometown to both the book’s writer and title character. The creative team have since given it a sprucing up and it’s running in London in time for the summer holidays.
The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole was first published in 1982. It tells the story of its hapless but confident narrator, a teenage boy who thinks he is an intellectual. Set in the 1980s, Adrian has a lot to deal with. There’s his sworn enemy Margaret Thatcher to start with, followed by his sworn love-interest new girl Pandora. Unfortunately for him, Pandora isn’t all that interested in the diary-writing Adrian. Instead, she’s got eyes for his best mate Nigel.
From pimples to parents to school bullies, this new musical stays true to the original book. With an upbeat score and lovable lead character, the Menier hopes to introduce Adrian Mole to a whole new generation.
Jake Brunger provides book and lyrics, with Pippa Cleary writing music and lyrics. Luke Sheppard directs the production. In addition to bringing Adrian Mole to London this year, Sheppard also directs Working at Southwark Playhouse and a new production of Jersey Boys for the Dubai Opera House.
A cast of school-age performers play the younger characters in the musical. Adults Kelly Price, Dean Chisnall, John Hopkins, Lara Denning, Gay Soper and also Barry James join them in the show.
Suitable for audience members aged 12 and over.
The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole runs from 14 July – 9 September 2017 at the Menier Chocolate Factory.