Adrian Mole has another diary entry to make, because the stage adaptation of his tale, Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical, has announced a stunning cast for its upcoming West End transfer.
The cast of the stage show will feature Olivier Award nominees Rosemary Ashe (previously in The Witches Of Eastwick, The Phantom Of The Opera and Les Misérables), Ian Tablot (star of Hairspray and former Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Andrew Langtree (Groundhog Day) as Grandma, Bert Baxtor and George respectively.
They’re joined by Lara Denning (Matilda The Musical; Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) as Miss Elf/Doreen Slater, John Hopkins (Poldark, BBC) as Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton, Amy Ellen Richardson (Sweet Charity, Donmar) as Pauline, and cast members Holly Ashton and Mathew Craig.
But who’ll be playing Adrian Mole, the tormented teenage intellectual, himself? We’ll have to stay tuned, as the children’s cast is to be announced.
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Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical will begin performances at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre from 15 June. The musical, which has book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, has previously played at the Menier Chocolate Factory to huge acclaim.
Based on Townsend’s 1982 novel which sold over 20 million copies worldwide, the show is set in 1980s Leicester, and tells a timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles, tortured poetry, unrequited love… and homework. Told through the eyes of the perennially misunderstood Adrian Mole, his hapless and hilarious teenage story is brought to life for a new generation of theatregoers.