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Public booking due to open for Mary Poppins' West End return

Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp as Bert. Photo credit: Seamus Ryan

Preview by Jack Foley

PUBLIC booking for Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Mary Poppins will open at 10am on Monday, January 28, 2019.

The musical, based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the original film, returns to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre after 15 years. Mary Poppins will begin previews on October 23, 2019 with opening night on November 13. Tickets will initially go on sale until March 29, 2020.

Starring Zizi Strallen in the title role and Charlie Stemp as Bert, this internationally award-winning production has been praised by critics and audiences alike and seen by 12 million people worldwide. Further casting will be announced at a later date.

The stage production of Mary Poppins originally opened in the West End in December 2004, running for over 1,250 performances. During this time, the production won two Olivier Awards and an Evening Standard Award.

Subsequently the Tony Award®-winning Broadway production ran for over six years. This new production of the show will be seen for the first time in London following record-breaking runs in Australia, North America, the UK and Ireland, New Zealand, Holland, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, Dubai, Japan and Germany, where the production recently entered its second hit year in Hamburg.

Mary Poppins is also the biggest hit musical ever in Italy, where it is currently running in Milan.

At its heart, Mary Poppins is a story about the importance of family, so with this in mind, this family show will hold Family Night performances on Wednesdays with an earlier start at 7pm and reduced priced tickets.

Performances on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will begin at 7.30pm with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. On Sundays, performances will also be at 2.30pm.

Cameron Mackintosh said: “I am very excited to be welcoming Pamela Travers’ iconic nanny back to the Prince Edward Theatre later this year for audiences across all generations to enjoy.

“Since we originally presented the show, we have found even more magical ways to stage this timeless tale in this new production, and with the spectacular dancing talent of our two stars, I’m sure our audiences will find our new Mary Poppins practically perfect in every way.

“I first spotted Zizi in Matthew Bourne’s production of The Car Man and knew she would make a unique Mary Poppins, she went on to win terrific reviews on the recent UK tour.

“Charlie became an overnight star almost straight from drama school in my hugely popular production of Half a Sixpence, which took him to Broadway to play opposite Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! I am thrilled to have him back in London to play his dream role of Bert.”

Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer Disney Theatrical Productions, added: “London could not ask for a more enchanting leading couple than the remarkable Zizi and Charlie. Cameron and I are so gratified that the show remains as beloved today as when it first came to life at the gorgeous Prince Edward Theatre 15 years ago. Its longevity and the huge success of the recent Disney film Mary Poppins Returns, remind us that the world’s love for Mary is deep and enduring.”

The original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman include the timeless songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Feed the Birds and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

New songs and additional music and lyrics are by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drew, including the now classic Practically Perfect and Anything Can Happen. The book is by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes and this production is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh.

Listings info

Theatre: PrinceEdward Theatre, Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4HS

Dates: October 23, 2019 – March 29, 2020, opening night November 13, 2019

Performances: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays at 2.30pm. Family Night performances on Wednesdays at 7pm

Prices: Tickets from £15, reduced price tickets for Family Nights and Preview performances. £2.50 booking fee applies

Box Office: 0844 482 5151

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