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Having previously ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical will now open at the Ambassadors Theatre from a limited season from 15 June until 12 October 2019.
Set in 1980s Leicester, this adaptation of the 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, 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 Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ 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, has been translated into 30 languages and spawned seven sequel Adrian Mole novels. The novels have previously been adapted for the stage, radio and television.
With the West End production now just a month away, the adult cast for the run has been confirmed.
Rosemary Ashe – previously Olivier nominated for her role in The Witches of Eastwick – stars as Grandma, Lara Denning stars as Miss Elf/Doreen Slater, John Hopkins will play Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton, Andrew Langtree plays George, Amy Ellen Richardson is Pauline and Ian Talbot OBE will play Bert Baxtor.
Also joining the adult cast are Holly Ashton and Mathew Craig. The children’s cast is still to be announced.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical 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 & orchestrations by Paul Herbert, children’s casting by Jo Hawes CDG and additional casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.
Tickets for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical are on sale now. Get yours through Ticketmaster.co.uk