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The hunt is on for identical twin girls for a major new British musical

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KENNY Wax, producer of the Goes Wrong shows and the new musical phenomenon SIX, and Olivier and Tony Award-winning director Sir Trevor Nunn are launching a nationwide hunt for identical twin girls for a major new British musical, which is heading for the West End.

Entitled Identical, this new musical is based on the novel The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner, which inspired Disney films featuring Hayley Mills in 1961 and Lindsay Lohan in 1998.

It tells the story of 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 exchange identities.

Identical has music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe – the multi award-winning writers of the Olivier Award-winning National Theatre hit Honk! and the creators of a new score for the Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins – and a book by Stuart Paterson.

Identical will be co-produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Kenny Wax Ltd and directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats and Sunset Boulevard). It will premiere at Nottingham Playhouse from July 31, 2020 to be followed by a three week run at Theatre Royal Bath in September.

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.”

The first round of auditions for identical twin girls will take place in London on Saturday, October 5 and in Nottingham on Saturday October 26, 2019. 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.

All twin casting enquiries should be sent to Childrens Casting Director Jo Hawes CDG (jo.hawes@icloud.com).

Audition 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.

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.”

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.”