“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.
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
Sue Townsend's classic story about a nerdy teen makes a solid West End musical
The cast seem to be having a ball
A cheering night of terrible jumpers, chunky computers and Bucks Fizz
A glorious musical
Musical Theatre Review
An ageless blast from the past
An entertaining romp through teen awkwardness
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
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
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