Writer and Lyricist

Jake Brunger

Jake Brunger grew up in Nottingham and now lives in London. His stage musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE recently ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London and was nominated for the Evening Standard BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical. He was selected for the 2016/17 BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme and was recently named as one of the upcoming writers-to-watch on the BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist. He has numerous film and television projects in development with various production companies including Wall to Wall and 42. He continues his theatre work for young people with a new stage adaptation of CHICKEN LITTLE for Singapore Repertory Theatre, which ran for a six-week run from October - December 2017.


His original stage play FOUR PLAY - first seen at the Old Vic New Voices Festival at the Old Vic Theatre in June 2015 starring Jeremy Irvine and Richard Madden - completed a sell-out four week run at Theatre 503 in March 2016 and is published by Nick Hern Books, with the US premiere in LA in 2018. His other recent stage work includes THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE at Leicester Curve (nominated for the 2015 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) and PRODIGY at St James Theatre, an original new musical produced by National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT). Both of these are with his long term collaborator Pippa Cleary. The original cast recording of PRODIGY was released in July 2016, entering the iTunes Soundtrack chart at #3, and is available on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.

Jeremy Irvine and Richard Madden in


Old Vic Theatre, June 2015. Photo: Jack Sain

Four Play - Richard Madden, Jeremy Irvine

Jake's adaptation of RED RIDING HOOD - again with collaborator Pippa Cleary - was originally produced by Singapore Repertory Theatre in 2013 and is licensed worldwide by Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals, with subsequent new productions at the Pleasance Theatre (London and Edinburgh), Bahrain, Doha, Mexico City (in a Spanish language translation) and Texas USA, with the Mandarin language premiere opening at Singapore Rep in July 2017 for a six week sell out run. In 2015, Jake and Pippa's new adaptation of TREASURE ISLAND ran for six weeks at Singapore Repertory Theatre, where it was nominated for Best Show for the Young at the Singapore Life Theatre Awards.


Previous stage work include SAM'S GAME (Nottingham Playhouse, dir. Indhu Rubasingham), JET SET GO! (Edinburgh, Theatre 503, Jermyn Street Theatre; licensed by Josef Weinberger Ltd), THE GREAT BRITISH SOAP OPERA (Edinburgh, Jermyn Street Theatre), PUB QUIZ (Manchester Royal Exchange, which he also directed), PEOPLE LIKE US (Vineyard Theatre, New York), 'AVE IT (Old Vic Tunnels), THE LOST AND FOUND OFFICE (Youth Music Theatre), A SONG CYCLE FOR SOHO (Soho Theatre), CHAVS (Lyric Hammersmith Studio), BRAVE NEW WORLDS (Nabokov Theatre / Soho Theatre), PEOPLE LIKE US (Pleasance Theatre) and lyrics for THE SNOW GORILLA (Rose Theatre, Kingston).


Jake was Associate Director on BARKING IN ESSEX (West End) starring Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock and Assistant Director on CALENDAR GIRLS (UK Tour and West End) and DEATHTRAP starring Simon Russell Beale (West End). He was workshop assistant in London on Dame Edna's ALL ABOUT ME (Broadway). Jake read Drama at Bristol University. He is a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre's Supergroup of writers and worked for two years developing new work as Literary Associate for David Pugh Ltd (producers of GOD OF CARNAGE, ART and Kneehigh's BRIEF ENCOUNTER). He is represented by Harriet Pennington Legh at Troika and a member of Mercury Musicals Development (MMD). Jake is an Associate Artist of Leicester Curve.