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Tuesday, June 20

Full casting announced for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at the Menier this summer

Full casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾, which runs from 26 July to 9 September, with previews from 14 July.

Luke Sheppard directs a cast including Dean Chisnall (George), Lara Denning (Doreen/Miss Elf), John Hopkins (Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton), Barry James (Bert), Kelly Price (Pauline Mole) and Gay Soper (Grandma).

 Dean Chisnall plays George Mole.  Dean appeared in the Chocolate Factory production of La Cage aux Folles.

Lara Denning plays Doreen & Miss Elf. Lara recently appeared at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, playing Mrs Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

John Hopkins plays Mr Lucas & Mr Scruton.  John is currently appearing as Sir Francis Bassett in the BBC TV drama Poldark.

Barry James plays Bert.  Barry most recently played Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.  He originated the role of Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast at the Dominion.  Here at the Chocolate Factory, Barry appeared as Mister Mushnick in Little Shop of Horrors.

Kelly Price plays Pauline Mole.  Kelly received an Olivier Award nomination for her role as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the Chocolate Factory production of A Little Night Music.

Gay Soper plays Grandma.  With over 50 years working as an actress, amongst Gay’s numerous credits are three appearances at the Chocolate Factory in Funny Girl, Pippin and Sunday in the Park with George.
 
The  team of young actors have over 20 years experience between them, from Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, from Billy Elliot to The Go-Between. The title role will be shared by Benjamin Lewis, Ilan Galkoff and Samuel Menhinick, with Asha Banks, Georgia Pemberton and Lara Wollington sharing the role of Pandora, Jason Rennie, Callum Mcdonald and Connor Davies as Barry, and Amir Wilson, Edward Hooper and Max Robson as Nigel.

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