About the showDisney musical Mary Poppins flies back into London’s West End, promising to spread a little magic amongst audiences. Arriving at the Prince Edward Theatre, where it originally premiered in 2004 starring Laura Michelle Kelly, the much-loved musical replaces the hugely successful Aladdin.
Based on Walt Disney’s beloved 1964 film of the same name, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, the thrilling story follows magical nanny Mary Poppins as she arrives to assist the Banks family. Teaming up with chimney-sweep Bert, the pair vow to help Jane and Michael, and their parents in an incredibly exciting adventure.
Featuring a book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, music and lyrics by the Sherman brothers and additional material by Stiles and Drewe, the musical features well-known tunes such as “Practically Perfect”, “A Spoonful of Sugar”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, amongst many more.
Zizi Strallen stars as Mary Poppins, reprising her role from the 2015 UK tour. Recent West End credits include Strictly Ballroom the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre and Follies at the National Theatre. Charlie Stemp also stars as Bert, after most recently appearing in London in Half a Sixpence and Dick Whittington, and on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!.
Mary Poppins is directed by Richard Eyre, with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne and co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Further creative team includes designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Paul Gatehouse. The production features orchestrations by William David Brohn.
A classic musical packed with laughter, mischief and plenty of sparkle, Mary Poppins is the perfect show for any theatre lover. The production arrives at London’s Prince Edward Theatre in autumn 2019, and tickets go on sale in January 2019.
Who Should See It?Charlie Stemp fans will rejoice at seeing him back on the London stage, whilst those who adored Zizi Strallen in the role now have the chance to see her again! Fans of the classic Julie Andrews film will not be disappointed.
Mary Poppins is recommended 7+. Under 3’s will not be admitted into the theatre.