‘Mary Poppins’ to reopen at Prince Edward Theatre from August
Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp will return to the production.
Speaking about the musical’s reopening, producer Cameron Mackintosh said: “I have been moved and inspired by the resilience and camaraderie of so many practitioners from all aspects of our industry who have taken on any job so that they and their families could survive... Even if foreign travel is still a big question mark, Mary Poppins is the one Jolly Holiday you can book with certainty this summer!”
Based on the PL Travers novels and the subsequent Disney film, Mary Poppins follows the titular nanny as she looks after Jane and Michael Banks. Accompanied by jack of all trades, the foursome go on unbelievable adventures, set to original music by the Sherman Brothers including “Step in Time” and “Feed the Birds”.
Zizi Strallen will continue in the role of Mary Poppins, with Charlie Stemp as Bert. In a tweet from the production, Petula Clark will reprise the role of the Bird Woman. Further casting is to be announced.
The West End revival of Mary Poppins opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in October 2019, and was forced to close from March 2020. Mary Poppins won two Olivier Awards in 2020, including best scenic design and best choreography for Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear.
In a five star review of Mary Poppins for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Mark Shenton said: “bask in the gentle familiarity and delightful uplift of this story and the spit-spot production it has been given.. The evening may have an old-fashioned feeling of a well-crafted [old school] book musical… but it delivers a timeless experience.”
Photo credit: Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins (Photo by Johan Persson)