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Interview with Joseph Millson – Mr Banks in Mary Poppins

Joseph Millson
Joseph Millson

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi-award-winning musical MARY POPPINS opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2019.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny is triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. Starring Zizi Strallen, returning to play the title role following great acclaim on the recent sell-out international tour, Charlie Stemp as Bert, who recently gave an award-winning performance as Arthur Kipps in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Half A Sixpence, Joseph Millson as Mr Banks, Amy Griffiths as Mrs Banks and the legendary Petula Clark as The Bird Woman.

Read our interview with Joseph Millson (Mr George Banks)

Q: What have you enjoyed most about being a part of the London production of Mary Poppins?
Joseph: Oh, so hard to choose. The role itself is a gorgeous story to go on every night. Being around such extraordinary talent and energy keeps this old man happy.

Q: Can you tell us about playing the role of George Banks?
Joseph: It’s a perfectly written role for an actor. A real journey every time you do it, from closed down worry to releasing his inner child.

Q: The Mary Poppins cast recording is released in November 2020 – What have been the highlights for you, in terms of the show’s songs, music and dance?
Joseph: I loved performing my songs but was a much bigger fan of listening to ZiziStrallen, Charlie Stemp and Amy Griffiths and all.

Q: How have you handled being off-stage during this pandemic?
Joseph: Like everyone its been extremely strange and worrying, I got work in a supermarket, I’ve been teaching, recording radio dramas for the BBC from my wardrobe. Whatever it takes. One week at a time.

Q: Why should everyone make Mary Poppins a must-see show when it is back on stage?
Joseph: Because it truly is the show for us all to remember what really matters and how much other people matter. It’s exactly the right show for these times.


The new live cast recording of the West End production
This title will be released on November 6, 2020. (Pre-order before this date)


  • Neil Cheesman

    First becoming involved in an online theatre business in 2005 and launching londontheatre1.com in September 2013. Neil writes reviews and news articles, and has interviewed over 150 actors and actresses from the West End, Broadway, film, television, and theatre. Follow Neil on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

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