The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 is brought to life in a new musical stage adaption.

With an infectious score and a script which stays true to the original novel, this heart-warming musical will bring Adrian’s story to life for a new generation.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole runs from 14 July 2017 until 9 September 2017 at the Menier Chocolate Factory.


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?


The adult cast features Dean Chisnall (La Cage aux Folles), Lara Denning (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), John Hopkins (BBC drama Poldark), Barry James (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kelly Price (A Little Night Music) and Gay Soper (Funny Girl).

The young-adults are played by Jason Rennie, Samuel Menhinick, Amir Wilson, Lara Wollington, Georgia Pemberton,Benjamin Lewis, Max Robson, Asha Banks, Connor Davies, Ilan Galkoff, Callum McDonald, Edward Hooper.


Book and lyrics by Jake Brunger and music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary. Directed by Luke Sheppard with choreography by Rebecca Howell, set & costume by Tom Rogers, sound by Greg Clarke, musical direction by Alex Parker and orchestrations by Paul Herbert.


★★★★★ ‘an absolute pleasure’ Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘utterly delightful musicalTimeOut
★★★★ ‘Townsend’s gawky icon rescues the British musical’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘It’s perfect summer holiday fare.’ The Times
★★★★ ‘fresh & funny’ The Stage


Age Restrictions: Suitable for ages 12+


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