Cameron Mackintosh and Disney Theatrical Productions are delighted to announce final adult casting for the new production of Mary Poppins which begins rehearsals in September and returns to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23rd October 2019. Joining Zizi Strallen in the title role, Charlie Stemp as Bert, Joseph Millson […]
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Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh announce the return to the West End of the critically acclaimed and internationally award-winning production of Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins will return to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre where, after three smash-hit years in London, Disney’s Aladdin will end its run late August 2019. Starring Zizi Strallen, who returns to play the title role following great acclaim on the recent sell-out international tour, and Charlie Stemp as Bert, who last year gave an award-winning performance as Arthur Kipps in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Half A Sixpence and recently made his Broadway debut in Hello, Dolly!.
Tickets for Mary Poppins will go on sale in January 2019. Further details will be announced in due course, including full booking information.
The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of Mary Poppins is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.
Cameron Mackintosh said: “I’m thrilled to be bringing the internationally acclaimed new staging of Pamela Travers’ magical stories back to London in the autumn of 2019, with Disney, featuring the dazzling talents of Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp as Mary and Bert. The original production, over 14 years ago, only played London and Broadway and subsequently was revised and continues to be staged around the world with phenomenal success. The recent UK tour, starring Zizi as Mary, broke box office records everywhere it played. It has been particularly gratifying that the stage musical with its brilliant script by Julian Fellowes and wonderful new score by Stiles and Drewe, complementing the Sherman Brothers’ classic songs, has taken on its own magical life separate from the film, appealing to audiences of all ages and nationalities. Its story of the importance of family is at the heart of the show and the reason why this iconic British nanny remains irresistibly timeless and popular the world over.”
Thomas Schumacher said: “It is of course a great joy to collaborate again with our long-time partner, Cameron Mackintosh, on this glorious production and I’m thrilled that the show will return to take up residency at the beautifully restored Prince Edward Theatre, one of London’s greatest. Mary Poppins may have played over one hundred cities on four continents but at last, Mary will return to the West End. In every iteration of this beloved tale, Mary appears at 17 Cherry Tree Lane because the Banks family needs her; needs her unconditional love, her enchantment and her belief. Has there ever been a time when we have all needed Mary more?”
The multi award-winning creative team for Mary Poppins, which originally opened in the West End fourteen years ago, is led by director Richard Eyre, with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, set and costume designs by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Paul Gatehouse and orchestrations by William David Brohn.
The stage production is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. The score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman includes the classic songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Feed the Birds and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.
Zizi Strallen is currently playing Fran in Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre. Her previous theatre credits include Follies at the National Theatre, Mary Poppins on tour in the UK, Ireland and in Dubai, Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man and Cinderella at Sadler’s Wells and on tour, Cats and Scrooge at the London Palladium, Hairspray and Chicago at Leicester Curve, Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre and The Music Man for Chichester Festival Theatre.
Award-winning Charlie Stemp most recently played Barnaby Tucker in the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! opposite Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters. He previously played the title role in last year’s Palladium pantomime Dick Whittington, following his critically acclaimed performance as Arthur Kipps in Half a Sixpence at the Noël Coward Theatre, a role he first performed at Chichester Festival Theatre. His further theatre credits include Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and the international tour of Mamma Mia!.
The stage production of Mary Poppins originally opened in the West End in December 2004, running for three years and over 1,250 performances. During this time it won two Olivier Awards, an Evening Standard Award and the Variety Club Award for Best Musical. The Tony Award®-winning Broadway production ran for over six years. The show has subsequently toured the UK and Ireland, the US, Australia, New Zealand and played in Holland, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, Dubai, Japan and Germany where the production continues its successful run in Hamburg. Mary Poppins has been seen by over 11 million people worldwide.
Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4HS
23 October 2019 – 29 March 2020, opening night 13 November 2019
Performances: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays at 2.30pm
Family Night performances on Wednesdays at 7pm
The Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HS
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Tube Lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: (5mins) Take Charing Cross Road until you reach the crossroads with Shaftesbury Avenue. Passing the Palace Theatre, take Langley Mow on the left and follow it on.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176
Night Bus Numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N29, N41, N279
Car Park: Chinatown (3mins)
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air-conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets Wheelchair accessible
The Prince Edward Theatre London
The Prince Edward Theatre opened in 1930 as a multi-purpose theatre able to show musicals, revue and films. The theatre then reopened as The London Casino on 2nd April 1936 after being converted into a cabaret restaurant, which became particularly noted for its lavish stage shows. During the Second World War it became a club for servicemen called The Queensbury All Services Club. In 1946 musicals and revues briefly returned. In 1954 the theatre was converted to screen with the new Cinerama film spectaculars.
In 1978 the musical Evita started a run of nearly eight years and the theatre reverted to its original name The Prince Edward Theatre.
Other musicals at the theatre have included Chess and the Broadway revival production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes which was then followed by three short-lived musicals including Some Like It Hot, Children of Eden and The Hunting of the Snark. From late 1992 to early 1993 the theatre was completely refurbished, reopening on 18th February 1993 with the Broadway production of the Gershwin musical Crazy For You. Aladdin is currently showing at the Prince Edward Theatre.
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