The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 - The Musical

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 - The Musical

3.8 (12) · Musicals

This joyous new musical adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ arrives in London for a strictly limited season!

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13 June 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Sue Townsend’s loveable, tormented and deliciously pompous teenager living on a 1980s housing estate gets a musical all of his own. Of course, he would probably prefer an opera (much classier), but Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger’s musical is a pleasure and arrives in the West End via the Menier Chocolate Factory so I reckon it should be sharper but no less sweet than the version I saw in Leicester in 2015. Even then it was full of potential, had a cheesy retro appeal and was clearly a real labour of love. If its unpretentious charm survives the West End transfer then it will be audiences who are the winners.”
“Based on Sue Townsend's books about a lovable nerdy kid growing up in the 1980s, it’s great to see this hit musical getting a West End transfer. When it played at the Menier Chocolate Factory back in 2017, it got a clutch of four and five star reviews with critics praising its “smart jokes and even better songs.””


A timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles and unrequited love, told through the eyes of tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual Adrian Mole. One of the most enduring comedy characters of all time, he’s the hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain.

With an infectious score and a script as sidesplittingly outrageous as the original novel, this critically acclaimed production brings Adrian’s story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.

Book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, directed by Luke Sheppard.

Critic reviews

The songs are generally disappointing and an unmemorable mix of second rate Disney-mashed-with-everyone

London Box office

Cheery musical adaptation that doesn’t quite capture the spirit of Sue Townsend’s novels

The Stage

Sue Townsend's classic story about a nerdy teen makes a solid West End musical

Time Out

The cast seem to be having a ball


A cheering night of terrible jumpers, chunky computers and Bucks Fizz

The Telegraph

A glorious musical

Musical Theatre Review

An ageless blast from the past

The Times

An entertaining romp through teen awkwardness

Evening Standard

The perfect summer holiday musical for the whole family!

West End Wilma

A production that is full of pizzazz, but yet still has a charming roughness around the edges to it

Theatre Weekly

Ian Talbot plays the ageing local scold, Bert, with an unrepentant finger toward political correctness that would make Nigel Farage cheer

The Arts Desk

It’s funny (very funny), it’s touching and it’s over the top

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Until Sat 28 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 3 hrs


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