Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed stage musical of Mary Poppins has delighted audiences around the world since its world premiere in 2004. 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.
Further productions of Mary Poppins are yet to be announced.
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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.