Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins closed on 12 January 2008.

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Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed stage musical of Mary Poppins has delighted audiences around the world since its world premiere in 2004, and has bene performed in London numerous times. 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 much loved 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.

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.

Further productions of Mary Poppins are expected to be announced in London over the coming years.

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Growing up in London in 1910, the Banks children, Jane and Michael need a nanny. After writing an advertisement for The Times of London stipulating that she must "have a cheery disposition. Rosy cheeks, no warts. Play games, all sorts", the note is thrown away by their father Mr Banks and dismissed as nonsense. As the winds change, the 'practically perfect' nanny Mary Poppins arrives at Cherry Tree Lane to take care of the Banks children, and whilst she may not be exactly what the whole family had in mind, she turns their world upside down with her unconventional methods and cheery outlook on life. As the family begin to warm to Mary Poppins it becomes clear that it's not just the children who are in need of her maternal care...

With a fantastic score that includes "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", "A Spoonful of Sugar", "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and "Feed The Birds" this classic musical is suitable for the whole family.

Mary Poppins is recommended for children 7 years and up.
By:
Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film. Book by Julian Fellowes
Producer:
Thomas Schumacher for Disney Theatrical Productions, and Cameron Mackintosh.
Director:
Richard Eyre, co-direction by Matthew Bourne
Songs by:
Music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman; Additional new songs, music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Lighting:
Howard Harrison
Design:
Bob Crowley
Choreography:
Matthew Bourne, with additional choreography by Stephen Mear
Costume:
Bob Crowley
Cast list:
(on last performance) Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins); Gavin Creel (Bert); Aden Gillett (Mr Banks); Rebecca Thornhill (Mrs Banks); Louise Gold (Miss Andrew); Zee Asha (Mrs Brill); Romy Baskerville (Bird Woman), Ray C Davis (Park Keeper / Mr Punch), Howard Jones (Robertson Ay)
Other info:
orchestrations by William David Brohn

Prince Edward Theatre

Address:
28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

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