A MOTHER and daughter are looking forward to performing on stage together in the Big Apple later in the year.

Wendy Jones, 55, and daughter Mollie, 17, are heading to the land of opportunity to star in a theatre production of Beautiful Monster at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York.

The American adventure will see the Lowton duo in the spotlight for six shows on consecutive days from September 19.

Experienced actress Wendy, who has been cast as Frankenstein author Mary Shelley on the eve of her death in the dark play that features nudity and sexual content, said: “Mollie has travelled to New York for every show that I have done. She has grown up back stage.

"This will be the first time we will go together as actors.

"After at a rehearsal recently I said to Mollie ‘I forgot you were my daughter’ because during the performance she was just like another actor on stage and was holding her own.

“She has done extremely well.”

Mollie, who has three parts in the play, is the reigning student of the year at Coronation Street actor Jack P Shepherd’s 13 Performing Art School in Swinton.

The budding actress played the lead role of Nancy in a production of Oliver just before Christmas and has also starred in a Cinderella pantomime.

She will appear in The Wizard of Oz in Hulme before she graduates in the summer.

But Mollie and her mum’s immediate focus is on Beautiful Monster, which will be performed for the first time at Salford Arts Theatre this week.

The inaugural performance will be tomorrow, Tuesday, with further shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It is a Skint Productions play, a company owned by Karlton Parris, who Wendy has performed with for 18 years after initially reviewing a play he had written.

Wendy said: “Every time he wrote a play he didn’t write a part for me, but it just so happened that along the way there were roles he would ring me up for and tell me ‘I think you would be perfect for this’.

“Consequently I have been to New York with Skint before so it has been quite an exciting journey.”

To buy tickets for the shows in Salford this week call 0161 925 0111.