The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4


Writers: Sue Townsend


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Based on the Play/Book/Film
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (1982 novel)
Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Satire
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Leicester, England, Early 1980s
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes early teen, late teen, adult, mature adult, elderly characters


Adapted by Sue Townsend from her hugely successful novel of the same name, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ follows the fortunes of a spotty teenager, his dysfunctional family, and his efforts to navigate the confusing world of early teenhood in 1980s Leicester. Frequently speaking directly to the audience, Adrian reveals his naive awkwardness and intellectual aspirations as he fantasizes about his future writing career, finding love with the new girl at school, and finally having something exciting happen to him. In the meantime, he must deal with the local bully, an alarming number of spots appearing on his chin, the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, a curmudgeonly old pensioner, and fumbling first kisses with the beautiful Pandora. A witty and satirical adolescent comedy of manners, this play with music takes us back in time to those awkward early teenage years.

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