Writer and Lyricist

Jake Brunger

Jake Brunger grew up in Nottingham and now lives in London. His debut feature film LOVE SARAH starring Celia Imrie, Bill Paterson and Rupert Penry-Jones is out now in UK cinemas following its world premiere at the 2020 Glasgow Film Festival. In June 2020 the film reached #1 at the New Zealand Box Office - the first country to screen the film post-Covid 19 - and #4 at the Australian Box Office. It will be released in Germany and the Netherlands on September 10th 2020.


His stage musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 - nominated for the 2017 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical - ran for a 16-week summer season at the Ambassadors Theatre in London's West End from June 2019 following successful runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London and Leicester Curve. The Original London Cast Recording is now available on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.


Jake was selected for the 2016/17 BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme and was named as one of the upcoming screenwriters-to-watch on the BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist. He is currently working on numerous film and TV script commissions including GOOD EGG for Clerkenwell Films, SUSPENDED for Kudos/ITV1, an adaptation of Marc Levy's bestselling novel PS FROM PARIS for Blueprint Pictures/Studiocanal and an original screenplay called CITIZENS, also for Studiocanal. He also has various ongoing musical theatre projects with his long-term collaborator composer Pippa Cleary (see www.brungerandcleary.co.uk). in 2019 Jake wrote five episodes for the third season of the Emmy-nominated Norwegian series ELIAS for Animando.


Jake's 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 early 2018. His other stage work includes CHICKEN LITTLE for Singapore Repertory Theatre (nominated for the 2018 Singapore Life Theatre Award for Best Show for the Young), which ran for six-weeks in Winter 2017, and was also seen at The Other Palace in August 2017, produced by Katy Lipson. His musical PRODIGY at St James Theatre - an original new musical produced by National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) - will be released for licensing by MTI in 2020. The original cast recording was released in July 2016, entering the iTunes Soundtrack chart at #3, and is available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.


THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 premiered at Curve Theatre in Leicester in 2015, directed by Luke Sheppard, where it was nominated for the 2015 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. Jake's adaptation of RED RIDING HOOD premiered at 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 - produced by Paul Taylor Mills), 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 sell-out six-week run. In 2015, Jake and Pippa's new adaptation of TREASURE ISLAND ran for six weeks at Singapore Repertory Theatre in 2015, where it was nominated for Best Show for the Young at the 2016 Singapore Life Theatre Awards.


Other stage work include SAM'S GAME (Nottingham Playhouse, directed by Indhu Rubasingham), JET SET GO! (Edinburgh, Theatre 503, Jermyn Street Theatre; licensed by MTI), 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; Original Cast Recording available on Spotify), CHAVS (Lyric Hammersmith Studio), BRAVE NEW WORLDS (Nabokov Theatre / Soho Theatre), PEOPLE LIKE US (Pleasance Theatre), lyrics for THE SNOW GORILLA (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and an original monologue AN ACCOUNTANT TALKS US THROUGH HIS SARTORIAL CHOICES for Old Vic Connect in August 2018, directed by Sita Thomas.


Jake was Associate Director on BARKING IN ESSEX (West End) starring Lee Evans, Keeley Hawes and Sheila Hancock and Assistant Director on CALENDAR GIRLS (UK Tour and West End) and DEATHTRAP starring Simon Russell Beale, Claire Skinner and Jonathan Groff (West End). He assisted Barry Humphries on the workshop for Dame Edna's Broadway show ALL ABOUT ME.


Jake read Drama at Bristol University. He is a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre's "Supergroup" of writers and after graduating 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 Lark Management and is an Associate Artist of Leicester Curve.  


Jeremy Irvine and Richard Madden in FOUR PLAY - Old Vic Theatre, June 2015. Photo: Jack Sain

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- Old Vic Connect - August 2018

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Sephora Parish in PRODIGY - National Youth Music Theatre at St James Theatre - August 2015