Prince Edward Theatre
Old Compton Street, London
Previewed: 23 October 2019
Opened: 13 November 2019
Booking to: 28 June 2020
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Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday no shows
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 2.30pm
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She's back! The magical stage musical Mary Poppins in London from 23 October 2019!
Her carpet bag is packed, her umbrella is unfurled, and now at last the world's most famous nanny is about to alight on London's musical stage! Is it Jane and Michael Banks who need a nanny? Or is it their parents, George and Winifred who actually need more looking after? Only one thing is certain - after Mary Poppins arrives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane, with her no-nonsense approach to making the right choices in life, nothing will ever be the same again. Includes all of the best loved songs from the Disney movie including 'Chim Chim Cher-ee'; 'Jolly Holiday'; 'Let's Go Fly a Kite'; and, of course, 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!'.
The cast features Zizi Strallen as 'Mary Poppins' and Charlie Stemp as 'Bert', with Petula Clark as 'The Bird Woman', Joseph Millson as 'George Banks', Amy Griffiths as 'Winifred Banks', Claire Moore as 'Miss Andrew' / 'Miss Smythe', Claire Machin as 'Mrs Brill', Jack North as 'Robertson Ay', and Barry James as 'Bank Chairman' / 'Admiral Boom', with 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. The role of 'Jane Banks' is shared between Adelaide Barham, Imogen Bourn, Charlotte Breen, Ellie Kit Jones, and Nuala Peberdy. The role of 'Michael Banks' is shared between Joseph Duffy, Samuel Newby, Gabriel Payne, Edward Walton, and Fred Wilcox. Please note this is the original cast and is subject to change without notice. Directed by Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne with choreography by Stephen Mear and Matthew Bourne, designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and Natasha Katz, and sound by Paul Gatehouse.
This production was originally seen here at the Prince Edward Theatre for run of just over three-years from 2004 through to 2008.
Zizi Strallen's West End theatre credits include the role of 'Fran' in Drew McOnie's production of the Baz Luhrmann musical Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2018; and the role of 'Meg Kincaid' in Maria Friedman's revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2013.
Charlie Stemp's London theatre credits include the title role in the pantomine Dick Whittington at the London Palladium in 2017; and the lead role of 'Arthur Kipps' in Rachel Kavanaugh's revival of the musical Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2016.
When this production opened here at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End in November 2019, Neil Norman in the Daily Express commented how, "while not directly comparable with the film, this production is a triumph in its own right... Zizi Strallen is a terrific Poppins, gliding across the stage, singing with gusto and floating across the audience in an astonishing finale. She is superbly partnered by Charlie Stemp as Bert, a natural-born star... So there it is. Mary Poppins - Practically Perfect in every way." Nick Curtis in the London Evening Standard highlighted that this "blockbuster revival of the 2004 Poppins musical is a highly polished piece of entertainment, hugely uplifting and cheerful, with an undertow of melancholy and the occasional baggy moment. The dance routines and stage illusions are terrific... Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp dance and harmonise beautifully and their platonic romance is totally credible. This feelgood extravaganza defies both logic and pessimism." Patrick Marmion in the Daily Mail said that "Zizi Strallen is so brilliant as Ms Poppins that a spoonful of superlatives won't quite cover it... The other outstanding part of Sir Richard Eyre's still slick production is the mesmerising choreography by Stephen Mear and Matthew Bourne... As the uptight father Mr Banks, Joseph Millson is practically perfect, too." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph thought that "this enchanted evening just the right mix of psychological succour and showbiz chutzpah." Michael Billington in the Guardian hailed it as being "rapturously pleasurable... PL Travers scholars may still miss the darkness of the books, but for the rest of us the show is an unassailable treat and Richard Eyre's production has acquired the heart to go with its art." Marianka Swain in the i newspaper described how "Cameron Mackintosh mixes the original Disney movie with fresh material... The result is a hodgepodge, bloated at two hours and 45 minutes... While the drama is often leaden, Paul Kieve's theatrical illusions are thrilling... Bob Crowley provides beautiful pop-up book-meets-doll's-house sets... A lavish if inescapably old-fashioned revival - sure to succeed commercially, but, unlike its titular nanny, never quite taking flight." Clive Davis in the Times explained that "it looks lovely, and the vintage Disney songs still do the business... Yet there's still something missing: the thrill you get from losing yourself in a genuinely inspired song-and-dance spectacle... As an alternative to panto, the production makes a perfectly acceptable family outing. As a musical, it doesn't quite take flight."
The stage musical Mary Poppins in London at the Prince Edward Theatre previewed from 23 October 2019, and opened on 13 November 2019
Mary Poppins: 2004 to 2008
Previewed 6 December 2004, opened 15 December 2004, closed 12 January 2008 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London
The original cast featured Laura Michelle Kelly as 'Mary Poppins', Gavin Lee as 'Bert', David Haig as 'George Banks', Linzi Hateley as 'Winifred Banks', Gerard Carey as 'Robertson Ay', Jenny Galloway as 'Mrs Brill', Julia Sutton as 'Bird Woman', Melanie La Barrie as 'Mrs Corry', and Rosemary Ashe as 'Miss Andrew' and 'Miss Smythe', the role of Jane Banks was shared by Nicola Bowman, Carrie Fletcher, Poppy Lee Friar, Charlotte Spencer and Faye Spittlehouse, and the role of Michael Banks was shared by Jake Catterall, Perry Millward, Jack Montgomery, Harry Stott and Ben Watton. The cast also included Ian Burford, Claire Machin, Tim Morgan, Stuart Neal, Terel Nugent, Louisa Shaw, Savannah Stevenson, Nathan Taylor, Poppy Tierney, Alan Vicary, Kevin Williams, Jye Frasca, Lewis Greenslade, Howard Jones, Sarah Keeton, Matthew Malthouse, Stephen McGlynn, Tamara McKay Patterson, Zak Nemorin, Agnes Vandrepote, with Sarah Bayliss, Ashley Day, Philip Michael Thomas, Pippa Raine, Emma Woods and Andrew Wright.
The role of 'Mary Poppins' was played by Laura Michelle Kelly from Monday 6 December 2004 through to Saturday 29 October 2005, by Scarlett Strallen from Monday 31 October 2005 to Saturday 4 November 2006, by Lisa O'Hare from Monday 6 November 2006 to Saturday 19 May 2007, with Scarlett Strallen returning from Monday 21 May 2007 through to Saturday 12 January 2008, when the production closed.
The role of 'Bert' was played by Gavin Lee from Monday 6 December 2004 through to Tuesday 25 July 2006, and by Gavin Creel from Wednesday 25 July 2006 through to Saturday 12 January 2008, when the production closed.
Directed by Richard Eyre with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by Andrew Bruce and orchestrations by William David Brohn.
Camillus Travers, PL Travers' son, said of the show: "I was dreading the first night. As my mother's closest living relative - she died in 1996 - I felt the burden of responsibility. But I needn't have worried. From the first note of the superb score to Mary Poppins's dramatic departure at the end. I was entralled throughout the two-and-a-half show... My mother created a story that has given joy to so many people. That joy has been brought to life again with this fantastic show."
"Hailed by rave reviews and clamorous box-office demand, the future of Cameron Mackintosh and Disney's turbo-charged Mary Poppins is already assured. Perfectly positioned to become the Starbucks of family shows. creating an instantly recognisable brand out of a figure floating under an umbrella, this reimagining of the supernatural nanny and her antics is undoubtedly impressive. A whirlwind of illusion, song and dance, it makes a bold attempt to bring a sense of magic to the London stage, with the director, Richard Eyre, and co-director and choreographer, Matthew Bourne, deploying every weapon in their creative arsenal to ensure it leaves audiences awestruck." The Sunday Times
"Bob Crowley's fabulous doll's house design gives us the authentic cross-section of the luxury London townhouse where Mr Banks lives with his wife and two children. But, as one of several excellent songs added by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe insists, it's a place where Anything Can Happen, and that includes classical statues bursting into terrifying life, cuddly toys becoming colossal and creepy, and cheeky children becoming, miraculously, more thoughtful... There's another new song, Practically Perfect, which also says it all - or nearly. Practically speaking, Richard Eyre's show really is perfect, seamless and light years ahead of the film. So why didn't I and my children sing and dance out of the theatre on a wave of supercalifragilistic elation? The answer is simple. Having marvelled at the spectacular special effects and the stylish staging, there's too little to engage at narrative or emotional level... After an overextended, underwhelming first half, the show warms up, almost to fever pitch, with the chimneysweeps' tapdanc eon the rooftops. This, appropriately, raises the theatre to the rafters when Mary's boyfriend, Bert, climbs up the proscenium arch and continues, upside-down, across the top. Had that genius choreographer Matthew Bourne given us more of that, we might not have noticed what was missing. While it's impossible to be unkind about a show as wholesome as nursery pudding, it's also impossible not to long for a little salt to balance the sugar... While everything will delight, nothing here will surprise anyone over seven or under 70." The Mail on Sunday
"There can be no disputing the success of Mary Poppins, at the Prince Edward. It is going to go on packing theatres, deservedly, for years to come. But there is room for disagreement as to what kind of success it is. If you were to believe the advance publicity, the great distinction of the stage version is that it is more serious than the film, that it brings out a darker and deeper side of the Poppins saga. And there is some truth in this, but only a bit. Mostly the new show seems to me a triumph of spectacle, theatrical flair and the shrewd engineering of audience responses." The Sunday Telegraph
Please Note: Mary Poppins is recommended for children 7 years and up. In the interests of other patrons, parents with children are reminded that they may be asked to remove any consistently noisy children. Children under 3 years of age will not be admitted to the theatre. Everyone attending Mary Poppins will be required to have their own ticket.
Mary Poppins in London at the Prince Edward Theatre previewed from 6 December 2004, opened on 15 December 2004 and closed on 12 January 2008.