Further casting announced for Mary Poppins return to the West End
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.
Zizi Strallen has been previously announced in the titular role, a magical nanny who floats down to the home of the Banks family in London, having played the part on a UK tour in 2015, She is joined by Charlie Stemp in the role of Bert, Joseph Millson as George Banks and Petula Clark as the Bird Woman.
Announced today, Amy Griffiths will play Mrs Banks, Claire Moore will play Miss Andrew, Claire Machin has been cast as Mrs Brill, and Barry James joins the cast as Admiral Boom.
The ensemble includes Yves Adang, Lydia Bannister, Angeline Bell, Lydia Boulton, Matt Cox, Adam Davidson, Katie Deacon, Danielle Delys, Joshua Denyer, Stan Doughty, Glen Facey, Davide Fienauri, Ian Gareth-Jones, Mark Goldthorp, Joanna Gregory, Catherine Hannay, Jacqueline Hughes, Jason Kajdi, Sam Lathwood, Jordan Livesey, Ceili O’Connor, Malinda Parris, Alex Pinder, Ben Redfern, Rachel Spurrell, Lucie-Mae Sumner, Rhys West and Monique Young.
Mary Poppins is directed by Richard Eyre, with co-direction from Matthew Bourne, and features designs by Bob Crowley, new lighting by Hugh Vanstone and Natasha Katz, new sound design by Paul Gatehouse and choreography by Bourne.
The film, released in 1964, features music by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, and included the classic songs “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”. Directed by Robert Stevenson, the film was a critical success, and garnered 13 Academy Award nominations.
The musical production premiered in Bristol before opening in the West End, and later transferring to Broadway, where it ran for over 2,600 performances, opening in November 2006, and closing in March 2013.
Mary Poppins tickets are available now.