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Full cast confirmed for Mary Poppins
Full casting has been confirmed for Mary Poppins, based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film, which will open at the Prince Edward Theatre on 15 Dec 2004, following previews from 6 Dec, and booking to 24 Sep 2005 . This is forty years after the premiere of the film.
(Note: The show will play at Bristol Hippodrome from Sep 2004 before its West End run)
The cast includes Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins); Gavin Lee (Bert); David Haig (George); Linzi Hateley (Winifred Banks); Rosemary Ashe (Miss Andrew); Jenny Galloway (Mrs Brill); Julia Sutton (Bird Woman); Kevin Williams (Park Keeper); Gerard Carey (Robertson Ay). (There will be five sets of children playing 'Michael' and Jane Banks'). Completing the cast are Sarah Bayliss, Ian Burford, Ashley Day, Jye Frasca, Lewis Greenslade, Howard Jones, Sarah Keeton, Melanie La Barrie, Claire Machin, Matthew Malthouse, Stephen McGlynn, Tamara McKoy Patterson, Tim Morgan, Stuart Neal, Zak Nermorin, Terl Nugent, Lisa O'Hare, Pippa Raine, Louisa Shaw, Savannah Stevenson, Nathan Taylor, Philip Michael Thomas, Poppy Tierney, Agnes Vandrepote, Alan Viccary, Emma Woods, Andrew Wright.
The show is produced by Thomas Schumacher for Disney Theatrical Productions, and Cameron Mackintosh.
Mary Poppins include many of the original songs from the film with music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman. Including "Chim Chim Cher-ee", A Spoonful of Sugar", "Feed The Birds" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
The new stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, Julian Fellowes who has written the book, and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe who have written the new songs and additional music and lyrics.
It is directed by Richard Eyre, co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, with additional choreography by Stephen Mear. Bob Crowley will design the sets and costumes. Lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound by Andrew Bruce, and orchestrations by William David Brohn.