Dates have been announced for the upcoming West End revival of MARY POPPINS, opening at the Prince Edward Theatre from October 2019.
MARY POPPINS opens for previews from 23rd October with press night scheduled for 13th November. The production will initially open booking up to March 2020. Public booking for the show goes on sale 10am 28th January.
As previously announced, Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp star in the new revival as Mary Poppins and Bert. Strallen reprises her role from the last UK tour in 2015. Her other stage credits include Young Phyllis in the National Theatre revival of FOLLIES and Fran in the West End production of STRICTLY BALLROOM. Stemp plays the role of Bert for the first time with previous roles including an Olivier nominated performance as Arthur Kipps in the West End’s HALF A SIXPENCE, and Barnaby Tucker opposite Bernadette Peters in the Tony Award winning revival of HELLO, DOLLY! on Broadway. Stemp can currently be seen onstage in the UK tour Tom Stoppard’s ROUGH CROSSING.
MARY POPPINS will begin evening performances on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm with matinees on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. The show will also run family performances on Wednesdays at an earlier start time of 7:00pm with reduced seat prices.
The stage production of MARY POPPINS premiered at the Bristol Hippodrome in 2004 before opening at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre later that year, earning MARY POPPINS an Olivier nomination for Best New Musical. The production transferred to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in 2006 where it ran for almost 7 years. Cameron Mackintosh revived the production for a new UK tour in 2015 and 2016, becoming a massive critical and commercial success. The new West End production coincides with the recent release of Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the original 1963 film.
MARY POPPINS features the Sherman Brothers original film music with classic songs such as ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’, ‘Jolly Holiday’, ‘Feed the Birds’ and ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. The stage musical features additional songs by Stiles and Drewe with a book by Julian Fellowes.
The stage production is directed by Richard Eyre with choreography and co-direction by Matthew Bourne. The musical features reimagined set and costume designs by Bob Crowley with sound by Paul Gatehouse, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and Natasha Katz, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, orchestrations by William David Brohn and dance and vocal arrangements by George Stiles.
MARY POPPINS opens at London’s Prince Edward Theatre from 13th November with previews from 23rd October. The production will initially book to 29th March 2020. Tickets go on sale from 28th January.