Mary Poppins now booking to 1 April 2006

Mary Poppins now booking to 1 April 2006

Mary Poppins, has extended its booking period by 6 months and is now selling tickets to 1 April 2006 at the Prince Edward Theatre..

Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film, the show is produced by Thomas Schumacher for Disney Theatrical Productions, and Cameron Mackintosh. 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.

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').

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.

The musical opened at the Prince Edward Theatre on 15 Dec 2004, following previews from 6 Dec to terrific notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I never thought in my wildest theatrical fantasies that Walt Disney's syrup mountain of a film...could be worked up into such a sharp, thoughtful stage musical." THE INDEPENDENT says, "With its magic and chutzpah, it simply blows away the opposition from rival West End musicals, emerging as the year's most joyous, spectacular and heart-tugging show in that genre." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "For much of the evening it is characterised by a mechanical professional efficiency rather than the quality of ecstasy we all look for in musicals." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Marvellously fresh adaptation.... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious — or so I’d say." SHERIDAN MORLEY for THE DAILY EXPRESS says, "What Mackintosh and his director, Richard Eyre, have done is to restore the human dimension." QUENTIN LETTS for THE DAILY MAIL says, "This stage version has much much more punch than the adored old film version." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The stage version of Mary Poppins is heaps better than the movie - funnier, sharper, more inventive and with a far greater variety of mood".

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