Further casting has been announced for the upcoming West End production of Mary Poppins, which will run at the Prince Edward Theatre this summer. The stage musical adaptation, which has original music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and a book by Julian Fellowes, of the classic Disney film returns to London having previously run here in 2004.
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Tickets are now on sale for the return of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed stage musical of Mary Poppins, which has delighted audiences around the world since its world premiere in 2004, and is returning to the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2019. Featuring music and lyrics by the Sherman Brothers, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, it is based on the much-loved children's books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film of the same name. Julian Fellowes' book blends the original stories with the acclaimed film to create a new and iconic stage adventure.
The original production was directed by Richard Eyre along with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear. The production had an out of town tryout in Bristol before opening in the West End in December 2004 at the Prince Edward Theatre, making it the only Disney musical to premiere in the UK. The original cast featured Laura Michelle Kelly in the role of Mary Poppins for which she went on to win the 2005 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
It returns to the Prince Edward Theatre in October 2019 starring West End favourites Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp, with tickets now on sale.
Mary Poppins the Musical transferred to Broadway, opening at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2006. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, and won the award for Best Scenic Design. The Broadway production closed on 3 March 2013 after 2,619 performances.
The first UK tour of Mary Poppins began on 4 June 2008, running to April 2009. A second UK tour began at the Curve Theatre, Leicester on October 13, 2015, once again directed by Richard Eyre, and currently stars Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins, and Matt Lee as Bert.
A sequel to the original Mary Poppins film, which premiered in 1964 starring Julie Andrews in the titular role, is set to be released in December 2018. Starring Emily Blunt as the flying nanny and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns sees Poppins return to the Banks household following a family tragedy. With a 54 year gap between the original film and this sequel, it is the longest gap between live-action film sequels in history.
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Further casting for the West End revival of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre set to open later in the year has been announced. Petula Clark will return to the West End for the first time in 23 years to play the Bird Woman. Best known for her chart-topping hits including the Grammy Award-winning song “Downtown”, Clark made her West End debut in 1981, playing Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music, later starring in Sunset Boulevard in 1995.
The dates for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre have been announced, as well as when tickets will go on sale. Mary Poppins will begin previews on 23rd October 2019, before an official opening night on 13th November 2019. Tickets will be available for performances running to 29th March 2020. Tickets for Mary Poppins will go on sale at 10am on 28th January 2019.