NEWS: New Musical Identical Announced

The new musical is based on the novel The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner, will be premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse from July 31st 2020 to be followed by a three week run at Theatre Royal Bath in September.

The world premiere of new musical Identical is set to make its debut next year, featuring music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Honk!) and a book by Stuart Paterson.

This newly announced musical is based on The Parent Trap by Erich Kastner, which was also made into two films featuring Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998. Identical follows the story of twin girls who were separated at birth reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later. In an attempt to re-join their divorced parents, they decide to exchange identities.

Identical is set to be co-produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Kenny Wax Ltd (producer of the ‘Goes Wrong’ shows and SIX) and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning Sir Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats and Sunset Boulevard).

It has also been announced that the first round of auditions for identical twin girls will take place in London on Saturday October 5th and in Nottingham on Saturday October 26th. Girls should be 9 -12 years old and under 4 foot 10. Twins must be able to sing well but no previous acting experience is required. Casting enquiries should be sent to be sent to Children’s Casting Director Jo Hawes CDG ( details for local ‘Summer camp kids’ will be announced nearer the time and will be cast from the local drama groups in Nottingham and Bath.

Producer Kenny Wax said: “It’s a wildly ambitious project which will stand or fall on whether we can cast identical twins who the audience cannot tell apart. Without that, there will be no show. So our challenge over the next nine months is to scour the country and leave no stone unturned until we find our Lottie and Lisa.”

Meanwhile, Stiles and Drewe said: “It’s been a delight to adapt Erich Kästner’s hauntingly beautiful and timeless tale of two identical twins separated as babies, and their wily determination to stitch their family back together. It’s a story packed with wonderful humour and characters which makes it a great canvas to become a musical and retell for a 21st-century audience.”

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