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★★★★★ “Identity-swap musical that’s ingenious to the point of genius” – The Telegraph

Experience the sensational new musical IDENTICAL, based on Erich Kästner’s classic book The Parent Trap.

Its much-loved story is best known from the two famous The Parent Trap Disney films, starring Lindsay Lohan in 1998 and Hayley Mills in 1961.

Identical is directed by Trevor Nunn, who has directed some of the greatest musicals ever including Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Cats, and Sunset Boulevard); music and lyrics are by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the multi award-winning writers of the West End hits Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes, and songs for Mary Poppins; and the show has a book by Stuart Paterson.

What's the story of Identical?

In this timeless story, identical twin girls who were separated at birth are unexpectedly reunited at a summer camp ten years later. They make the decision to switch places and live each other’s life in order to get to know their parents and reunite the two halves of their family

Who is in the cast of Identical?

The show stars Emily Tierney (Glinda in ‘Wicked’, Molly in ‘Ghost’, Carrie Carter/Super Hot Lady in ‘Eugenius!’), James Darch (Brad in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Sky in ‘Mamma Mia!’), Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson (Fastrada, ‘Pippin’, Maisie in ‘The Boy Friend’), Louise Gold (Yente in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Mazeppa in ‘Gypsy’), Michael Smith-Stewart (‘The Lion King’, ‘Rent’, ‘The Full Monty’).

Identical twins Kyla and Nicole Fox; Emme and Eden Patrick; and Sienna and Savannah Robinson. Playing the other children are Winter Jarrett Glasspool, Daisy Jeffcoate, Isabelle Larrey, Saffia Layla, Parrine Long, Helena Middleton, Kirsten Muzvuru and Poppy Pawson.

The ensemble features Rico Bakker (‘Hairspray’, ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’), David Bardsley (‘The Grinning Man’, ‘Billy Elliot’), Hannah Cauchi (Frenchie in ‘Cabaret’, ‘Top Hat’), Paige Fenlon (lead female role of Luisa in ‘Zorro’, ‘Pretty Woman’), Rosie Glossop (Pat in ‘Kinky Boots’, Diva 3/Shirley in ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’), Dominic Adam Griffin (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’, ‘Evita’), Jordan Isaac (‘Bring It On’, ‘Mary Poppins’), Rutendo Mushonga (Zoonation’s ‘Message in a Bottle’, ‘The Lion King’), Ellie Nunn (Ida in ‘Honk!’, Minnie in ‘The Daughter in Law’).

Who are the creative team of Identical?

Identical is based on the novel The Parent Trap’ by Erich Kästner, which inspired hugely successful Disney films featuring Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998. The show tells the story of Lottie and Lisa, twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp 10 years later. In an attempt to re-join their divorced parents, they decide to swap identities.

The show has music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, (Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes) with a book by Stuart Paterson and direction by Olivier and Tony award-winning Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats, Sunset Boulevard).

The show is produced by the team behind Top Hat, The Play That Goes Wrong, and the global smash musical Six.


Reviews of Identical

★★★★★ "Tale of twins reunited is a double delight" - Daily Mail
★★★★★ "Identity-swap musical that’s ingenious to the point of genius" - Telegraph
★★★★ "Even I wept buckets at this wonderful weepy" - The Sunday Times
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Age restrictions
7+
Running time
2 hours 50 minutes (including interval)


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Identical reviews – The Parent Trap musical reviews round-up 2022 ★★★★
Reviews are in for a new musical based on the hit book and movies The Parent Trap. Called Identical, the show opened this week at the Nottingham Playhouse. The show has impressive credentials, with theatre impresario Kenny Wax (Six The Musical) producing, Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats, Sunset Boulevard) directing, and British writing team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, (Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes) having penned the music and lyrics. Identical is actually based on the original novel The Parent Trap’ by Erich Kästner rather than the Disney movies starring Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998, and has a book by Stuart Paterson.  The cast features identical twins Kyla and Nicole Fox, aged 12, from County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Emme and Eden Patrick, 12 from Waltham Abbey (for performed the press night) and Sienna and Savannah Robinson, 12 from Bromley, playing the twins Lottie and Lisa; plus Emily Tierney (Glinda in ‘Wicked’, Molly in ‘Ghost’, Carrie Carter/Super Hot Lady in ‘Eugenius!’), James Darch (Brad in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Sky in ‘Mamma Mia!’), Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson (Fastrada, ‘Pippin’, Maisie in ‘The Boy Friend’), Louise Gold (Yente in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Mazeppa in ‘Gypsy’), Michael Smith-Stewart (‘The Lion King’, ‘Rent’, ‘The Full Monty’). The ensemble includes Rico Bakker (‘Hairspray’, ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’), David Bardsley (‘The Grinning Man’, ‘Billy Elliot’), Hannah Cauchi (Frenchie in ‘Cabaret’, ‘Top Hat’), Paige Fenlon (lead female role of Luisa in ‘Zorro’, ‘Pretty Woman’), Rosie Glossop (Pat in ‘Kinky Boots’, Diva 3/Shirley in ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’), Dominic Adam Griffin (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’, ‘Evita’), Jordan Isaac (‘Bring It On’, ‘Mary Poppins’), Rutendo Mushonga (Zoonation’s ‘Message in a Bottle’,  ‘The Lion King’), Ellie Nunn (Ida in ‘Honk!’, Minnie in ‘The Daughter in Law’). Playing the other children are Winter Jarrett Glasspool, Daisy Jeffcoate, Isabelle Larrey, Saffia Layla, Parrine Long, Helena Middleton, Kirsten Muzvuru and Poppy Pawson.  Identical plays the Nottingham Playhouse until 14 August 2022, and then The Lowry in Salford from 19 August to 3 September 2022.  Tickets are on sale at the venues. More about Identical Main photo: Pamela Raith Li
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Full casting announced for The Parent Trap musical – Identical
Full casting has been announced for Identical - the new musical stage adaptation of The Parent Trap. Joining the previously announced three sets of identical twins, who will share the central roles of Lottie and Lisa, are Emily Tierney (Glinda in ‘Wicked’, Molly in ‘Ghost’, Carrie Carter/Super Hot Lady in ‘Eugenius!’), James Darch (Brad in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Sky in ‘Mamma Mia!’), Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson (Fastrada, ‘Pippin’, Maisie in ‘The Boy Friend’), Louise Gold (Yente in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Mazeppa in ‘Gypsy’), Michael Smith-Stewart (‘The Lion King’, ‘Rent’, ‘The Full Monty’). The ensemble features Rico Bakker (‘Hairspray’, ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’), David Bardsley (‘The Grinning Man’, ‘Billy Elliot’), Hannah Cauchi (Frenchie in ‘Cabaret’, ‘Top Hat’), Paige Fenlon (lead female role of Luisa in ‘Zorro’, ‘Pretty Woman’), Rosie Glossop (Pat in ‘Kinky Boots’, Diva 3/Shirley in ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’), Dominic Adam Griffin (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’, ‘Evita’), Jordan Isaac (‘Bring It On’, ‘Mary Poppins’), Rutendo Mushonga (Zoonation’s ‘Message in a Bottle’,  ‘The Lion King’), Ellie Nunn (Ida in ‘Honk!’, Minnie in ‘The Daughter in Law’). Identical twins Kyla and Nicole Fox, aged 12, from County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Emme and Eden Patrick, 12 from Waltham Abbey and Sienna and Savannah Robinson, 12 from Bromley, were cast following a five-year casting search and multiple auditions across the UK. Playing the other children are Winter Jarrett Glasspool, Daisy Jeffcoate, Isabelle Larrey, Saffia Layla, Parrine Long, Helena Middleton, Kirsten Muzvuru and Poppy Pawson.  The show also introduces two new dog stars, Cairn Terrier Ness, and West Highland Terrier Louby, who will share the role of Pepi.  Identical is based on the novel The Parent Trap’ by Erich Kästner, which inspired hugely successful Disney films featuring Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998.  The show tells the story of Lottie and Lisa, twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp 10 years later. In an attempt to re-join their divorced parents, they decide to swap identities.  The show has music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, (Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes) with a book by Stuart Paterson and direction by Olivier and Tony award-winning Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats, Sunset Boulevard).  Identical runs at Nottingham Playhouse from 26 July – 14 August 2022, then transfer to The Lowry in Salford from 19 August – 3 September 2022.  Tickets are on sale at venues. More about Identical
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Casting announced for Identical – the musical adaptation of The Parent Trap
Casting has been announced for Identical - a new musical stage adaptation of the classic book and film The Parent Trap. After a five-year casting search and multiple auditions across the UK, three sets of talented identical twins are about to become Britain’s latest musical theatre stars. They say you should never work with children or animals but this summer Olivier and Tony award-winning director Trevor Nunn will be doing both, with three sets of identical twins! Kyla and Nicole Fox, aged 12, from County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Emme and Eden Patrick, 12 from Waltham Abbey and Sienna and Savannah Robinson, 12 from Bromley, are the youngsters playing Lottie and Lisa in the world premiere of Identical, a new musical destined for the West End. Identical is based on the novel The Parent Trap’ by Erich Kästner, which inspired hugely successful Disney films featuring Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998.  The show tells the story of Lottie and Lisa, twin girls separated at birth, reunited by chance at a summer camp 10 years later. In an attempt to re-join their divorced parents, they decide to swap identities.  Identical has Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, (who also created a new score for the international smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins) with a Book by Stuart Paterson. It will open at Nottingham Playhouse 26 July – 14 August 2022, then transfer to Salford’s The Lowry 19 August – 3 September 2022.  Identical is co-produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Kenny Wax Ltd (producer of  the new global musical phenomenon ‘SIX’ and the ‘Goes Wrong’ shows) and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winning Trevor Nunn (responsible for some of the greatest hits in the world, including ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Starlight Express’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard’).  Producer Kenny Wax says: “Identical is a story about the reuniting of twins separated shortly after birth and the healing of a family which has been fractured. The narrative offers a powerful message for the world right now and under the directorial genius of Trevor Nunn, I have no doubt that Identical will be regarded as one of the great musicals of its generation…..providing that we can consistently cast incredibly talented identical twins!” Nottingham Playhouse’s Executive Director Stephanie Sirr commented: “We can’t wait to create this show. It’s particularly exciting to give kids from our community the chance to work alongside world class professionals and to take part in the premiere of a newly commissioned musical.” “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.” said Stiles and Drewe Tickets are on sale at venues. More about Identical

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