Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp are to star in the London revival of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in late 2019.
This practically perfect revival of Walt Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s musical Mary Poppins will return to its original home the Prince Edward Theatre in 2019 – Fifteen years after it first premiered at the theatre.
Zizi Strallen is to step into the role of the iconic nanny Mary Poppins, a role which she played in London, Broadway and in Sydney.
She will be joined on stage by Half A Sixpence star Charlie Stemp as Bert. Charlie has just returned from appearing in Hello Dolly! on Broadway.
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.
Mary Poppins has music and lyrics by the Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (aka the Sherman Brothers), with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and book by Julian Fellowes. The musical is based on P L Travers’ Mary Poppins children’s books and the 1964 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?”
Tickets on sale in January 2019. Join our mailing list for ticket information when announced.