About Mary Poppins
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS is flying high at the Prince Edward Theatre. Starring Zizi Strallen in the title role, Charlie Stemp as Bert, Joseph Millson as Mr Banks, Amy Griffiths as Mrs Banks and the legendary Petula Clark as The Bird Woman, 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.
The stage production of MARY POPPINS is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the original film. It is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. With a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the classic songs; Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics, including Practically Perfect, by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Mary Poppins contains theatrical smoke and fog effects, pyrotechnics, strobe lighting and loud noises.
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Given the success of its film reboot, it’s safe to say “Mary Poppins” is having a moment right now. With all the excitement and with everyone humming their favourite songs, it seems like a perfect time to bring the beloved classic back to the West End. The critically lauded musical, which premiered in 2004, borrows its basic outline from the original 1964 film, but with its additional music and fuller storyline. “The stage version of ‘Mary Poppins’ is heaps better than the movie – funnier, sharper, more inventive and with a far greater variety of mood,” according to “The Telegraph.”
Whether you’re a fan of the books or the films or all of the above, the musical version of “Mary Poppins” contributes completely new songs and original adventures in addition to the previous stories. All in all, regardless of the differences, this joyful musical keeps the same heartwarming whimsy of the classic family favourite.
What To Watch For
- P.L. Travers, the author of the original Mary Poppins book series notoriously hated the now beloved 1964 film adaptation starring Julie Andrews. For this reason, she only agreed to sign over the rights to the musical’s producers as long as no one associated with the film worked on the musical.
- To adapt the updated storyline in the musical, several beloved songs are notably rearranged. Die-hard fans of the original film will notice their favourite songs such as “Spoonful of Sugar” or "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" are shifted to fit the revamped plot for the stage version.
- During the original run of the musical in the West End, the producers sparked a bit of controversy when they banned children under three years of age from attending due to mildly frightening content. Eventually, the show was officially tagged as appropriate for children seven years old and up.
2hrs 50mins (inc. interval)