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Pippa Cleary

Jake Brunger





Set in 1980s Leicester, we follow 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 Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4, based on the novel by the late Sue Townsend, opened at Leicester Curve in March 2015. A new production opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in July 2017 for an 8 week summer run. Both productions were directed by Luke Sheppard with designs by Tom Rogers and lighting by Howard Hudson.


Original Leicester Cast


Rosemary Ashe (Grandma), Cameron Blakely (Mr Lucas), Amy Booth-Steel (Miss Elf/Doreen Slater/Mrs Lucas), Neil Ditt (George Mole), Kirsty Hoiles (Pauline Mole) and Neil Salvage (Bert Baxter). The role of Adrian was shared by Lewis Andrews, Sebastian Croft, Joel Fossard-Jones and Toby Murray.


The role of Pandora was shared by Elise Bugeja, Imogen Gurney and Lulu-Mae Pears; with Nigel played by George Barnden, Kwame Kandekore, and Samuel Small; and Barry played by Edward Cross, James McJannett-Smith and Harrison Slater.


Choreography was by Tim Jackson with sound design by Paul Groothius.


Original Menier Chocolate Factory Cast


Dean Chisnall (George), Lara Denning (Doreen/Miss Elf), John Hopkins (Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton), Barry James (Bert Baxter), Kelly Price (Pauline) and Gay Soper (Grandma). Guillermo Bedward, Ilan Galkoff, Benjamin Lewis and Samuel Menhinick shared the role of Adrian; with Asha Banks, Georgia Pemberton and Lara Wollington (Pandora), Jason Rennie, Callum Mcdonald and Connor Davies (Barry), and Amir Wilson,  Edward Hooper and Max Robson (Nigel).


Choreography was by Rebecca Howell with sound design by Gregory Clarke.