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Adrian Mole musical premiere on same day as theatre named after Sue Townsend

Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole the Musical is holding its world premiere in Leicester this evening.

The premiere takes place this evening at the Curve Theatre Credit: ITV News Central

The first performance takes place at 7pm tonight at the Curve Theatre. The Chief Executive of the theatre, Fiona Allan, said she was very excited for the first showing.

It is being launched on the same day the former Phoenix Arts Centre is renamed the Sue Townsend Theatre.

It is named as a tribute to the Leicester-born creator of Adrian Mole, who died in April last year following a short illness.

Sue would have been embarrassed yet privately thrilled with the name change – but she would have wondered why her, and not Joe Orton!

– Colin Broadway, Sue’s husband
Sue Townsend died last year after a short illness Credit: Michael Crabtree/PA Archive/Press Association Images

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby will be at an event this afternoon to unveil a plaque and light up the new sign outside for the first time.

Sue Townsend began her writing career at the Phoenix in the larte1970s, and wrote her first play, Womberang, while she was there.

At the launch event, students from Leicester College will perform that play for an audience of invited guests.

Sue is, without doubt, one of finest writers the city has produced.

She loved Leicester and she loved live performance, so it’s wholly appropriate that this venue – which is now inspiring talented young people to develop their acting skills – should be renamed in her honour.

I am delighted that the students of Leicester College have been able to bring new life this venue, and very happy that the college and the council have found a way to ensure that the name of one of the city’s best-loved writers can remain in lights, where it belongs.

– Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester City Mayor