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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical to return for West End run

Curve's 2015 production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾. Photo: Pamela Raith
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The musical inspired by Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole has announced it will return to the stage after two years for a run in the West End.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical premiered at Leicester’s Curve in 2015, before transferring to the Menier Chocolate Factory in London in 2017. It will return in June for a run at the Ambassadors Theatre.

The show is written by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary and directed by Luke Sheppard.

Adrian Mole writer: ‘This is the musical Townsend wanted’

Townsend, the book’s creator, gave her blessing to the musical based on her book before she died in 2014.

The musical will run from June 15 to October 12, with a gala night on July 2. It is produced in the West End by Anthony Clare, Ramin Sabi, Knickerbockerglory, Mark Puddle, and Curve.

In a joint statement, Curve bosses Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster said: “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.”

It has choreography by Rebecca Howell, set and costume design by Tom Rogers, lighting by Howard Hudson, musical direction by Mark Collins and musical supervision and orchestrations by Paul Herbert.

The cast has not yet been announced, however children’s casting will be by Jo Hawes.

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