Adrian Mole, The Musical – West End
Nobody caught the agonies of adolescence – and they are agonies – quite as well as Adrian Mole. Susan Townsend’s teenage diarist, puberty’s very own Samuel Pepys, has been so beloved by British readers since he arrived in book form back in 1982 that he’s nigh on achieved national treasure status. Little wonder, then, that he’s got his very own West End musical. The surprise is rather that it took quite so long.
Adapted by the up-and-coming musical theatre duo Jake Brunger (book and lyrics) and Pippa Cleary (music and lyrics), Adrian Mole: the Musical stays fairly faithful to Townsend’s original as it rattles through all manner of Adrian’s teenage travails. There are pimples aplenty and many a wistful sigh for Pandora Braithwaite, the object of his adolescent affections, and pummelings from school bully Barry Kent. And the Leicester lad is still absolutely convinced that he’s destined for the life of a literati.
But beneath all of those day-to-day woes, this is a touching, comic child’s eye view of divorce – half comprehending, half in the dark. As Adrian’s mother Pauline nips next door to spend more and more time with Mr Lucas, her son can’t quite make sense of their neighbourly relationship.
Brunger and Cleary stick strictly to the original 1980s setting: Prince Charles and Lady Di are due to be wed, Margaret Thatcher’s at the peak of her parliamentary power and female empowerment is in the air. There are clever little politic allusions in a plot built around standing up to bullies and sticking together in solidarity.
Mostly, though, Adrian Mole the Musical is a charming affair with a bevvy of catchy songs that move the action on. Directed with deceptive simplicity by Luke Sheppard, this family musical will entertain childs, grown-ups and all those in-between.
Cast and Creative
Aaron Gelkoff – Adrian
Aaron Shaw – Barry
Albert Green – Nigel
Amy Richardson – Pauline
Andrew Langtree – George
Charlie Stripp – Barry
Cuba Kamanu – Nigel
Ian Talbot – Bert Baxstor
Jack Gale – Barry
Jeremiah Waysome – Nigel
John Hopkins – Mr Lucas
Kobi Watson – Barry
Lara Denning – Miss Elf
Matthew Craig – Understudy
Matilda Hopkins – Pandora
Michael Hawkins – Adrian
Molly-Mae Gibson – Pandora
Nicholas Antoniou-Tibbitts – Adrian
Rebecca Nardin – Pandora
Regan Garcia – Nigel
Riya Vyas – Pandora
Rosemary Ashe – Grandma
Rufus Kampa – Adrian
Sue Townsend – Author
Jake Brunger – Book, Music, Lyrics
Pippa Cleary – Book, Music, Lyrics
Luke Sheppard – Director
Rebecca Howell – Choreographer
Tom Rogers – Set Design
Gregg Barnes – Costume design
Howard Hudson – Lighting Design
Greg Clarke – Sound Design
Mark Collins – Musical Direction
Jo Hawkes – Children’s Casting
Ellie Collyer-Bristow – Additional Casting
Anthony Clare – Producer
Ramin sabi – Producer
Curve – Producer
Mark Puddle – Producer
Vicky Graham – Producer
Chris Stafford – Producer
Which theatre and where?
Adrian Mole the musical is showing at the 444 seat Ambassadors Theatre which is located at West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9ND
How does it work?
Choose your seats via our live booking platform, once payment is completed you will receive an email confirmation with your booking reference number. Collect your tickets from the Ambassadors Theatre box office on the day of the show, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time, print and bring along the ticket confirmation email. Tickets must be collected by the purchasing customer with a valid photo ID. Please have your booking reference number at hand when collecting your tickets.
If you have any questions about your ticket purchase you can contact our customer services team on 020 3670 8887
Good to know
Strobe lighting is used several times during the performance.
Suitable for children?
Adrain Mole The Musical is recommended for ages 6 and above. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted.
No exchanges or refunds available after purchase.
Can I video record or take photos?
The use of camera and sound recording equipment is strictly prohibited.