The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced the full company for its new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ – The Musical.
Transformed into musical theatre by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, the much-loved story of teen angst has undergone further development since its original production in 2015, and will open at the London venue in Adrian’s 50th birthday year next month.
Luke Sheppard will direct a cast that includes: Dean Chisnall as George (pictured left), Lara Denning (Doreen), John Hopkins (Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton), Barry James (Bert), Kelly Price (Pauline) and Gay Soper (Grandma).
Benjamin Lewis, Ilan Galkoff and Samuel Menhinick share the role of Adrian; Asha Banks, Georgia Pemberton and Lara Wollington will play Adrian’s sweetheart Pandora; Jason Rennie, Callum Mcdonald and Connor Davies will play school bully Barry; and Amir Wilson, Edward Hooper and Max Robson will share the role of Adrian’s best friend and love rival, Nigel.
The creative team includes choreographer Rebecca Howell, set and costume designer Tom Rogers, lighting designer Howard Hudson, sound designer Gregory Clarke, and musical director Alex Parker. Orchestrations are by Paul Herbert.
Set in 1980s Leicester, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ – The Musical will begin previewing at the Menier on 14 July and will run until 9 September. The show’s official opening will be on 26 July at 3.30pm.
The production is co-produced with Curve Leicester in association with Anthony Clare & David Ian Productions.
The late Sue Townsend was one of Britain’s most popular and most-loved writers, with more than 10 million copies of her books sold in the UK alone. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ was her first novel, published by Penguin Books in 1980. Townsend’s creation captured the imagination of readers across the world selling over 20 million copies and translated into 30 languages. To celebrate her most famous character’s 50th birthday this year a new edition of the first two diaries was published.
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