Stars of stage and screen, sisters Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills, will mark their return to the Australian stage in the Australian premiere of “Legends!”. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line), this hilarious and touching comedy has broken box office records around the world wherever it has played.
Daughters of legendary English actor Sir John Mills, Hayley Mills appeared in several Walt Disney films, most famously the dual roles of twins Susan and Sharon in “The Parent Trap” (1961) and won the Academy Juvenile Award for “Pollyanna” (1960), while Juliet Mills previously appeared in the play “Fallen Angels” across Australia. Juliet gained enormous popularity in the television sitcom “Nanny and The Professor”, winning Emmy Awards for her performances in the mini-series “QB VII” (1974) and for her role in the drama series “Passions”. Hayley also starred in John Frost’s Tony Award winning production of “The King and I” during the original Australian tour in 1991.
Co-starring in “Legends!” is international heart throb, Maxwell Caulfield, who has more than 70 film, theatre and television credits, including the role of Mark Wylde in TV’s popular “Emmerdale”. Maxwell is also married to Juliet Mills.
“Legends!” takes audiences into a world of gossip, rivalry, reminiscence, longing and scandal. As the sun sets in Manhattan, the claws come out as two famous but fading movie stars try to upstage one another. Leatrice Monsee (Hayley Mills) and Sylvia Glenn (Juliet Mills) are hustled by a theatre producer (Maxwell Caulfield) to kick-start their once luminous careers by starring in a Broadway bound play. There’s just one problem – they loathe one another. The fiery feuds of Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford fade in comparison to those of Leatrice Monsee and Sylvia Glenn.
The pairing of Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills promises to be a sensational sister act full of back-stabbing and banter, wisdom and wit.
Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost commented “I’m so excited to bring Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills back to Australia and for them to perform opposite Maxwell Caulfield. The moment I read James Kirkwood’s very funny and theatrical play, I immediately thought of them and luckily they all had a gap in their schedules to travel to Australia for this five month tour. I’m thrilled that Christopher Renshaw, who directed Hayley in “The King and I” and Hayley and Juliet in “Fallen Angels” so long ago, is available to direct “Legends!”. I’m sure we’re all in for a hilarious night with these legends in “Legends!”.
“Legends!” opens in Brisbane on 28 May at QPAC, followed by Sydney at Theatre Royal from 18 June and Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from 2 September, as well as seasons in Perth and Adelaide.