The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole The Musical
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Move over Cats - It's time for a mole!

This joyous new musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's best-selling book The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ -The Musical arrives in London for a strictly limited season!

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.

With an infectious score and a script as sidesplittingly outrageous as the original novel, this critically acclaimed production brings Adrian's story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.
★★★★
'A treat for 13 year olds (and grown-ups too)'
Mail On Sunday

★★★★ "Mole fever! A bittersweet blast of pre-digital fun that speaks to all ages"
The Times

'An entertaining romp through teen awkwardness'
Evening Standard

"genuinely hilarious"
Broadway World

"far and away the greatest show I've seen in years"
The New European

"good fun, irresistible really"
Theatre Cat

"a joy to watch"
British Theatre News

'Perfect summer holiday fare'
The Times
CAST ANNOUNCED FOR ADRIAN MOLE WEST END PREMIERE (13 MAY 2019)

The cast has been announced for Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. The Musical which will open at the Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season from 15 June until 12 October 2019, with a gala night on 2 July 2019. The musical has book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary and direction by Luke Sheppard.

The adult cast includes Rosemary Ashe (The Witches of Eastwick, Carlotta in the original cast of The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Sister Act UK tour, Committee at Donmar Warehouse) as Grandma, Lara Denning (Matilda, West End, Ruthless The Musical at Arts Theatre, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane) as Miss Elf/Doreen Slater, John Hopkins (Poldark, BBC, Endeavour, ITV, Midsomer Murders, ITV, The Boys in the Band at Park Theatre/ Vaudeville, Much Ado About Nothing at Rose Theatre Kingston) as Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton, Andrew Langtree (Groundhog Day at The Old Vic, Troilus & Cressida for the RSC, Imperium for the RSC, Gielgud Theatre, Emmerdale from 2010 - 2012) as George, Amy Ellen Richardson (Sweet Charity at Donmar Warehouse, Kiss Me Kate at Sheffield Crucible, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical UK tour, Merrily We Roll Along, Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter, Les Miserables, Queens Theatre) as Pauline, and Ian Talbot (artistic and managing director of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre until 2008, Hairspray at Shaftesbury Theatre, King Lear, The Taming Of The Shrew and The Tempest, all for the RSC, Alphabetical Order at Bath Theatre Royal/UK tour).

Also in the cast are Holly Ashton (1st cover Donna in Mamma Mia!, international tour, A Little Night Music, Frinton Summer Theatre) and Mathew Craig (Blood Brothers, UK tour, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Menier Chocolate Factory, We Will Rock You, UK tour and Dominion Theatre). The children's cast is to be announced.

Set in 1980s Leicester, this adaptation of Sue Townsend's best-selling book (previously seen at Leicester's Curve theatre in 2015 and the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2017) is 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 is the hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain, and this critically acclaimed production brings Adrian's story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.

The production has choreography by Rebecca Howell, set and costume design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Gregory Clarke, musical direction by Mark Collins, musical supervision and orchestrations by Paul Herbert, children's casting by Jo Hawes CDG and additional casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole was Townsend's first novel and 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.



THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE MUSICAL GETS WEST END PREMIERE (11 APRIL 2019)

Move over Cats - It's time for a mole!

This joyous new musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's best-selling book The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ -The Musical arrives in London for a strictly limited season!

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.

With an infectious score and a script as sidesplittingly outrageous as the original novel, this critically acclaimed production brings Adrian's story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.

Following acclaimed runs at Leicester's Curve theatre in 2015 and the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2017, Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ - The Musical, will open at the West End's Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season from 15 June until 12 October 2019, with a Gala Night on Tuesday 2 July. Tickets are on sale now.

The page-to-stage musical has book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary and direction by Luke Sheppard. Casting for the West End is still to be announced.

Set in 1980s Leicester, this adaptation of Sue Townsend's best-selling book is 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, Adrian is the hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain. This critically acclaimed production brings Adrian's story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.

Curve's Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster commented:
"It has been a great joy for all of us at Curve to see Sue Townsend's 'misunderstood intellectual' flourish under the inspired writing of Jake and Pippa. We are immensely proud that, after a triumphant opening in Leicester and acclaimed season at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Adrian, Nigel, Pandora and their motley crew are now rocking up in the glitzy West End. It is wonderful to see Sue's legacy live on and that this quirky, joyous, turbo-charged, home-grown new musical has been embraced so whole-heartedly by audiences at home in Leicester and London."

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 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.

Sue Townsend died in 2014. The Townsend family said of the musical's transfer:
"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."











Information
Type of production: Musical

Opened: 15 June 2019

Booking until: 28 September 2019

Running time: 2 Hours 20 Mins

Prices: £20.00 - £109.00

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