Mary Poppins is a 2004 musical with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. There's extra music and lyrics from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and the script comes from the brilliant Julian Fellowes. This lovely musical is firmly based on the Mary Poppins children's books by P. L. Travers and the smash hit 1964 Disney film of the same name, a clever fusion of two tales that creates an extraordinary, magical whole.
The latest iteration of this wonderful tale is produced by Cameron Mackintosh, joined by Thomas Schumacher from Walt Disney Theatrical. It's directed by Richard Eyre with co-direction from Matthew Bourne, who also co-choreographed the action with Stephen Mear.
The original West End production of this fabulous musical dates back to December 2004. It won two coveted Olivier Awards, one for Best Actress in a Musical and the other for Best Theatre Choreography. In 2006, in much the same format, it was given seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, and won the award for Best Scenic Design. The Broadway production ran for an awesome 2,619 performances then left theatreland on an extensive tour.
One of the most popular productions put on by schools and colleges, this latest iteration is set to thrill us all over again in London, exactly what you need to light up your world from late 2019 onwards. A sequel to the original 1964 movie was released in late 2018, called Mary Poppins Returns, and that has driven even more interest in the original story, just in time for this revival.
What's the plot? Roll back time to 1910. The London-based Banks family, including the children Michael and Jane, need a nanny. But they don't just want any old nanny. They want a cheerful nanny, one without whiskers on her chin, someone fun and friendly. Their dad disagrees. But when the ideal nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives on the doorstep, real magic happens and she ends up helping the entire family.
The show tunes, as you'd expect, include the brilliant classics Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful of Sugar, Let's Go Fly a Kite, Chim Chim Cheree, Feed The Birds and more. The lighting comes from Howard Harrison, the Design from Bob Crowley, and the show costumes come from Bob Crowley.
There's a whole load of happiness waiting for you at the Prince Edward theatre, exactly what you need to thrill the kids. The stars of the show are the brilliant Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp, adding extra magic to an already totally magical theatre experience. See you there!
Playing at Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS GB (venue info)
MARY POPPINS is recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, we recommend MARY POPPINS for ages 7 and up. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted into the theatre. All persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats you could be refused entry. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.