Leicester’s Curve theatre announced that it is to stage the world première of The Secret Diary of Adrian mole Aged 13 and three quarters the Musical.
The Secret Diary of Adrian mole Aged 13 and three quarters was written by Leicester author Sue Townsend and has been adapted to the stage by two young writers, Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary. The writing pair who met while studying at Bristol University had been advised and encouraged by the famed Leicester author who died in April.
The show will be directed by Luke Sheppard who said “its an extraordinary book, the key is when ever your adapting something for the stage you have to find a through line and a narrative ark, we found a journey in it for Adrian, its all seen from his perspective and that was very much in discussion with Sue who we had a very close relationship to, so its absolutely in keeping to the spirit of the book ”
Set in 1980s Leicester, Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and three quarters, 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 and three quarters.
To top it off, when new girl Pandora captures his heart, his best friend Nigel steals her. Can Adrian win back her love and escape his chaotic family life?
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and three quarters was Townsend’s first novel, published by Penguin Books in 1982. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, been translated into 30 languages, and spawned 7 sequel Adrian Mole novels. The novels have previously been adapted for the stage, radio and television.
The musical will run at Curve next year from 7 March to 4 April.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.curveonline.co.uk or call 0116 242 3595.