“Winds in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, about to begin”.
Everyone’s favourite nanny is back as ‘Mary Poppins’ returns to the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre next year.
The only Disney musical to premiere in the UK, the original production opened in September 2004 at the Bristol Hippodrome, before transferring to the Prince Edward Theatre in December 2004. The production won two Olivier Awards, including Best Theatre Choreography.
Following the show’s West End success, Mary Poppins transferred to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre from October 2006. The show won 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Scenic Design.
Now, 15 years after it’s premiere, and 11 years after closing at the Prince Edward, the show returns to the West End.
‘Mary Poppins’ is produced by Cameron Mackintosh, in association with Walt Disney Theatrical Productions. The production features a script from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and classic songs by the Sherman Brothers, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
The production fuses elements from both the similarly titled children’s book by P.L.Travers, and the 1964 Disney film.
The musical is directed by Richard Eyre, with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, set and costume by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, and orchestrations by William David Brohn.
Zizi Strallen (Strictly Ballroom) will reprise her role as Mary Poppins after playing the role during the show’s UK tour of 2015-2016, and Charlie Stemp (Half A Sixpence) will play Bert.
Singer, actress and composer Petula Clark CBE (The Sound o0f Music, Sunset Boulevard, Blood Brothers) will return to the stage for the first time twenty years to play the Bird Woman.
Joseph Millson (BBC’s The Last Kingdom, Apologia, Macbeth for Shakespeare’s Globe, The Rover for the RSC), will play Mr Banks.
According to The Irish Times, this is “one of the most amazing theatrical experiences you will ever witness”.
‘Mary Poppins’ captures hearts, and teaches us that “anything can happen if you let it”.
This practically perfect musical lift you up to the highest height, will send you soaring, up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear. Oh, let’s go…
To the Prince Edward Theatre!
‘Mary Poppins’ will run at the Prince Edward Theatre from autumn 2019, with tickets to go on sale in January 2019.