Gavin Lee to play 'Bert' in Mary Poppins

Gavin Lee to play 'Bert' in Mary Poppins

It has been confirmed that Gavin Lee will play 'Bert' in 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)

He joins Laura Michelle Kelly who will play the lead. She has appeared in "Les Miserables", "Mamma Mia", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Whistle Down The Wind" in the West End and is currently appearing in "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway.

Gavin Lee has just completed filming “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Beyond the Sea”. His London theatre credits include featured roles in “Peggy Sue Got Married”, “Contact”, “A Saint She Ain’t” and the Royal National Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”; his other theatre work includes the West End productions of “Crazy For You”, “Me and My Girl” and “Bugsy Malone”.

(Full casting to be announced in July)

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.

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