New musical Identical based on The Parent Trap postponed to 2021

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New British musical Identical has postponed its world premiere to 2021.

The show is based on Erich Kästner’s novel The Parent Trap which inspired the hit Disney films of the same name.


The new musical has been adapted by Stuart Paterson with music and lyrics from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, the musical tells the story of twin girls who were separated at birth when their parents divorced. After a chance reunion, they hatch a plan for each to meet the parent they have never met by exchanging identities.

It had been due to open at Nottingham Playhouse in July before transferring to Theatre Royal Bath in September.

However producers have announced that they’ve decided to postpone the run until next year.

Producer Kenny Wax said: “We remain as excited as ever to present this wonderful new show and we are announcing a postponement for one year until the health of the nation has improved. Identical is a story about the reuniting of twins separated shortly after birth and also the healing of a family which has been fractured.

“The narrative is a powerful message for the world right now. When its time comes and under the directorial genius of Sir Trevor Nunn, I have no doubt that it will be regarded as one of the great musicals of its generation.”

Those with tickets will be contacted with refund options.

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