The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
Menier Chocolate Factory (2017) and Leicester Curve (2015)
Nominated for UK Theatre Award for "Best Show for Children and Young People" at Curve
Nominated for Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards
Adapted from the original novel by Sue Townsend
Book and lyrics by Jake Brunger / Music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary
Designed by Tom Rogers / Lighting by Howard Hudson / Choreographed by Rebecca Howell / Sound by Gregory Clark / Orchestrations by Paul Herbert / Musical Direction by Alex Parker
Designed by Tom Rogers / Lighting by Howard Hudson / Choreographed by Tim Jackson / Sound by Paul Grootius / Orchestrations by Paul Herbert / Musical Direction by Mark Collins / Casting by Will Burton CDG
(Photographs below from the Curve production)
Photos by Pamela Raith
“A delightful new musical” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Luke Sheppard’s production is swift, lively and makes good use of an ensemble in which the adults turn, in a second, into blazered or gym-slipped schoolkids.” – Michael Billington, The Guardian ****
“What an absolute pleasure it is to be able to offer a full-throated commendation of that rarest of beasts, a perfectly realised new British musical. A warmly appealing bulletin from more innocent times, full of memorable, hummable songs. A lovely, lovely show” - Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard*****
“I adored this funny, nuanced and surprisingly moving musical treatment of Sue Townsend’s much-loved bestseller. In an ideal world, it would be scooped up and put in a small West End playhouse... The countervailing, upbeat spirit of the piece is an infectious joy. A show for all ages.” – Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph ****
“a blast: an entertainment-focused spectacle with smart jokes and even better songs” – Whatsonstage.com *****
“This endearing and thoroughly enjoyable show should not be missed” – The Independent *****
“In a desperate year for the British musical it’s a ray of giddy sunshine – book now so you can smugly say you caught it before the West End transfer.” – Time Out ****
"it’s no small achievement to make this first musical version such a lively, evocative pleasure... amusing and affecting enough to leave you glowing... a thoroughly charming evening: faithful to the book but with a tenderness of its own."
Dominic Maxwell, The Times ****
"a home-grown hit for the Curve... a show constantly paying neat homage to previous British musicals and the traditions of the TV sitcom, and yet always staying distinctive and true to its source material, in a deceptively simple staging by Luke Sheppard... a quaint, unassuming little charmer."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ****
“a clever and quirky show with a massive heart... a new British musical taking stylistic risks which pay off beautifully... Luke Sheppard's production is creative and I adored its style...I'm sure this isn't the last we'll hear of this inspiring, well-crafted new British musical"
WEST END FRAME
“It’s a stormingly good production, directed by Luke Sheppard, and if it doesn’t get to the West End, I’ll eat my (school) hat.”
MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW
"Director Luke Sheppard has definitely produced a winner here... It is the perfect treat to entertain the family; a show that starts well and just gets better and better until it ends – leaving you wanting to see it all over again."
"We, the audience, are directed, laughing and crying all the time at the wonderful jokes, the pathos, the beautiful music, into the mind of a tormented, wannabe intellectual teen.. .this kind of show with its pared down costs and its instant tourability has to be the musical of the future. Catch it if you can but don’t worry if you can’t, it certain to be born again before too long."
"Director Luke Sheppard works with their script and score to bring out the best moments, including a patriotic Royal Wedding number and a school Nativity that borders on the sacrilegious. But the real delight of this production, which is constantly fresh and has a twinkle in its eye, is the performances."