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Identical, new musical based on The Parent Trap, to have premiere at Nottingham Playhouse

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A classic tale of twins separated at birth and reunited years later is told in Identical at Nottingham Playhouse from next week.

Identical has its premiere at the Playhouse on Tuesday and it runs to August 14.

Based on the book by Erich Kästner, this classic tale tells the story of twin girls separated at birth and reunited by chance at a summer camp ten years later.

Identical at Nottingham Playhouse (58026640)
Identical at Nottingham Playhouse (58026640)

To get to know their parents and reconcile the two halves of their family, they decide to swap places and live each other’s lives.

It has already been made into a hit film, The Parent Trap.

This new show is directed by Trevor Nunn who is responsible for some of the world’s greatest musicals, including Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Cats and Sunset Boulevard, and comes from the producer of Top Hat, The Play That Goes Wrong and the hit musical Six.

“I think anyone familiar with theatre could have a very rare, very special experience with Identical,” said Sir Trevor.

The show’s music and lyrics are by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the multi award-winning writers of the West End hit Honk! who also created a new score for the Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins.

The girls are played by three sets of identical twins ­— Nicole and Kyla Fox, Emme and Eden Patrick and Sienna and Savannah Robinson.

The other leads are Emily Tierney (Wicked, Ghost) as Lisalotte, James Darch (The Rocky Horror Show) as Johan, Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson (Pippin) as Miss Gerlach, Louise Gold (Fiddler on the Roof) as Roza/Miss Muthesuis and Michael Smith-Stewart (The Lion King) as Dr Strobl.

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