Monday, 19 January 2015

Full casting announced for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ - The Musical

Full casting has been announced for the world première of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ - The Musical.

The production opens at the Leicester Curve Theatre on 17th March (previews from 7th March) and runs until 4th April 2015.

The role of Adrian will be shared by Lewis Andrews, Sebastian Croft, Joel Fossard-Jones and Toby Murray.

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

With book and lyrics by Jake Brunger and music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, this new musical of Sue Townsend’s best seller is directed by Luke Sheppard

Luke Sheppard said: "Finding the right actors to step into the shoes of Sue Townsend's iconic characters has been an invigorating and rewarding task. Adrian Mole, along with his family and friends, have been treasured by the nation for decades. After an extensive search, which included auditioning over 400 children, we've found a team of grown-ups and almost-grown-ups who can't wait to start rediscovering these roles for a new generation."

Set in 1980s Leicester, Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - The Musical, 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 ¾…

To top it off, when new girl Pandora captures his heart, his best friend Nigel steals hers. Can Adrian win back her love and escape his chaotic family life? With an infectious original score, this brand new adaptation rediscovers this much-loved novel and bring Adrian’s story to life once more.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ 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 creative team also includes: Tim Jackson (Choreographer), Paul Herbert (Musical Arranger), Mark Collins (Musical Director), Tom Rogers (Designer), Paul Groothius (Sound Designer), Howard Hudson (Lighting Designer) and Sally Wilson (Costume Supervisor).

Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

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