Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ The Musical will open at the Ambassadors Theatre this summer.
The transfer follows acclaimed runs at Leicester’s Curve theatre in 2015 and the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2017.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ was first published in 1982 and has since sold more than 20 million copies across the globe and been translated into 30 languages.
It spawned a whole series of novels which have been adapted for the stage, radio and television.
The musical adaption of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ will run at the Ambassadors Theatre from 15 June until 12 October 2019. It features a book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary and is directed by Luke Sheppard.
The adult cast will feature Rosemary Ashe as Grandma, Lara Denning as Miss Elf/Doreen Slater, John Hopkins as Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton, Andrew Langtree as George, Amy Ellen Richardson as Pauline, and Ian Talbot OBE as Bert Baxtor.
Also in the cast are Holly Ashton and Mathew Craig. The children’s cast is to be announced.
A synopsis for the show reads:
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, 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.
Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said, “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.”