Set in 1980s Leicester, Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, follows the daily dramas and misadventures of Adrian's adolescent life. With dysfunctional parents, ungrateful elders, a growing debt to school bully Barry Kent and an unruly pimple on his chin, life is hard for a misunderstood intellectual who is only 13 3/4... To top it off, when new girl Pandora joins the class and captures his heart, his best friend Nigel steals hers. Can Adrian win her love and escape from his chaotic family life?
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The musical was announced to make its world premiere at the Curve in Leicester (the title character and author Sue Townsend's hometown) from 7 March to 4 April 2015, with an official opening on 17 March. The production was directed by Luke Sheppard, designed by Tom Rogers, choreographed by Tim Jackson. It was revealed upon the announcement by Townsend's husband, Colin Broadway, that Townsend had been working with the writers, Brunger and Cleary on the musical from 2012 to before her death in 2014.
The musical will make its London debut in a new production Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark from 14 July to 6 September 2017, with an official opening on 26 July.
The new production will again directed by Sheppard, designed by Rogers and will feature new choreography by Rachel Howell. The new production will be presented by the Menier Chocolate Factory and Curve in association with Anthony Clare and David Ian Productions.
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