Adrian Mole musical to premiere in Leicester next year

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A new musical based on Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ will receive its world premiere at Curve in Leicester, following a workshop last year.

The musical is written by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary and will begin previewing from March 7, 2015 with press night on March 17. It runs until April 4.

It will directed by Luke Sheppard, who most recently helmed In the Heights, which ran at the Southwark Playhouse.

Curve chief executive Fiona Allan said the venue had had the “huge privilege” of working with Townsend on the project, prior to her death earlier this year.

“It’s very exciting to be staging a brand new musical adaptation of her much-loved book, right here in Leicester, Sue’s beloved home town, bringing Adrian Mole’s story back to life – not only for fans, but also for a new generation,” she said.

Towsend’s husband, Colin Broadway, added that she had been “thrilled” to be working with Brunger and Cleary on the show.

The musical is produced by Curve, but was originally commissioned by Curve and the Royal and Derngate in Northampton.

Brunger and Cleary’s other credits include Jet Set Go! and The Great British Soap Opera.

They are currently writing a new musical called Prodigy for the National Youth Music Theatre.