Raves for new Lowry-bound musical Identical


Emme and Eden Patrick in Identical. All pics: Pamela Raith
Emme and Eden Patrick in Identical. All pics: Pamela Raith

There have been rave reviews for new West End-bound musical Identical, which arrives at The Lowry in Salford from August 19-September 3.

The show opened at Nottingham Playhouse this week to a mix of four- and five-star reviews, with the Daily Telegraph calling it "ingenious to the point of genius" and awarding it five stars, while The Guardian said: "The best in the business have built this... it will surely become a firm family favourite."

Based on the novel The Parent Trap - the book that inspired two hugely-successful Disney films - the stage version has musicals royalty in charge, in the form of Olivier and Tony award-winning director Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Cats and Sunset Boulevard). Music and lyrics are by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the multi-award-winning writers of the Olivier-winning Honk! who previously created a new score for the hit stage version of Mary Poppins.

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 get to know their other parent, they decide to swap identities.

Three sets of identical twins share the central roles of Lottie and Lisa, cast following a five-year search and multiple auditions across the UK.

Adults joining them on stage include Emily Tierney (Glinda in Wicked, Molly in Ghost), James Darch (Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, Sky in Mamma Mia!), Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson (Fastrada, Pippin), Louise Gold (Yente in Fiddler on the Roof and Michael Smith-Stewart (The Lion King, Rent).

The show also introduces two new canine stars, cairn terrier Ness and west highland terrier Louby, who will share the role of Pepi.

More info and tickets here