Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening night of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical at the Ambassadors Theatre. Described by one cast member as ‘the Pixar of British stage musicals’, Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s inspiring show gives Perry goosebumps so he is thrilled to catch up several members of the cast: both the grown-ups and children. Will the musical be a big hit? Perry thinks so!
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical, running at the Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season until 12 October 2019, has a book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary and direction by Luke Sheppard.
Among the adult cast members Perry interviewed were Rosemary Ashe as Grandma, Ian Talbot as Bert Baxtor, John Hopkins as Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton, Andrew Langtree as George, Lara Denning as Miss Elf/Doreen Slater and Amy Ellen Richardson as Pauline. Also the cast are Holly Ashton and Mathew Craig.
Nicholas Antoniou-Tibbitts from Westminster, Aaron Gelkoff from Redbridge, Michael Hawkins from Haringey and Rufus Kampa from Buckinghamshire will alternate the role of Adrian. Molly May Gibson from Kent, Matilda Hopkins from Buckinghamshire, Rebecca Nardin from Surrey and Riya Vyas from Richmond will alternate the role of Pandora.
Jack Gale from Hertfordshire, Aaron Shaw from Hertfordshire, Charlie Stripp from West Sussex and Kobi Watson from Croydon will alternate the role of Barry. Regan Garcia from Bexley, Albert Green from Buckinghamshire, Cuba Kamanu from Cambridge and Jeremiah Davan Waysome from Newham will alternate the role of Nigel. All children in the cast are between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.