Legendary sisters bring Legends! to Australia

John Frost has announced that sister stage and screen stars Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills will tour the country with the Australian premiere of Legends!, a comedy by James Kirkwood.

The show will open in Brisbane’s QPAC in May, followed by seasons in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. Tickets are on sale from 9 February.

Hayley Mills, Maxwell Caulfield and Juliet Mills. Photo by Greg Gorman
Hayley Mills, Maxwell Caulfield and Juliet Mills. Photo by Greg Gorman

Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills, daughters of the legendary actor Sir John Mills, previously appeared across Australia in the play Fallen Angels, and Hayley starred in John Frost’s Tony Award winning production of The King and I in 1991.

Hayley appeared in several Walt Disney films, most famously the dual roles of the twins Susan and Sharon in The Parent Trap (1961) (not the Lohan version) and won the Academy Juvenile Award for Pollyanna (1960).

Juliet gained enormous popularity in the television sitcom Nanny and The Professor, and won Emmy Awards for her performances in the mini-series QB VII (1974) and her role in the daytime drama series Passions.

Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2, Dynasty, The Colbys) will co-star. Maxwell has more than 70 film, theatre and television credits, and is married to Juliet Mills.

“I’m so excited to bring Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills back to Australia, and for them to perform opposite Maxwell Caulfield,” said John Frost.

“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.

“And I’m thrilled that the wonderful 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!”

Legends!, set in New York, showcases two famous, aging movie stars, who try to upstage one another, and a theatre producer who wants to resuscitate their careers. It’s just that they hate each other. Think Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

For tickets and more information, visit legendstour.com.au.

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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