Charles Pooter of Upper Holloway, a middle-class clerk with social aspirations far beyond his status, has decided the world deserves to hear his diary. He has one night, a troupe of actors and an empty stage to impart the woes of his humdrum existence to anyone who will listen.
Adapted by Hugh Osborne from the Victorian comedy of manners, Diary of a Nobody features a small cast uproariously recreating the trials and tribulations of Pooter’s daily grind in Victorian London.
Premiered at Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, in March 2011, this highly energetic adaptation is also ideal for amateur theatre companies wanting to stage a freewheeling version of a classic novel.
'Sensational... It's a rare ability to render an audience helpless with laughter and crying with emotion at the same moment. Hugh Osborne's new adaptation of the Victorian comic classic The Diary of a Nobody has this ability in spades'
'gloriously funny... possesses heaps of irreverent originality'
‘This madcap show is inventive and funny’
George and Weedon Grossmith were brothers, best remembered for their 1892 comic novel, The Diary of a Nobody, which they co-authored, with illustrations by Weedon. George Grossmith was also famous as a music hall performer (he created a series of memorable characters in the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan), and as a writer and composer.
Hugh Osborne is a former university lecturer, now an actor and writer. He has appeared in numerous tours and West End shows, and his adaptation of Diary of a Nobody was a hit when it premiered at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, in 2011.