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Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh have confirmed that Mary Poppins will be returning to London’s West End in the autumn.
The critically acclaimed and award-winning production will return to its original home of the Prince Edward Theatre and Zizi Strallen will returning to star in the title role following great acclaim on the recent sell-out tour. Charlie Stemp, who recently made his Broadway debut in the production of Hello, Dolly! and shot to stardom in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Half a Sixpence, will play the role of Bert in the much-loved story.
Take a behind-the-scenes peek at a photo shoot with Zizi and Charlie below.
The Ticketmaster presale will open to fans who have registered from 10:00 on Thursday 24 January 2019, with tickets available to all from 12:00. Head to here for tickets.
Set at the turn of the century, Mary Poppins tells the tale of the world’s favourite nanny who arrives at a house on Cherry Tree Lane to help two neglected children become closer to their father. The stage adaptation of the classic 1960s film brings the story to life with dazzling choreography, amazing effects and unforgettable songs.
In December 2018 fans got a chance to reconnect with the whimsical character when a sequel to the 1964 classic film Mary Poppins Returns was released. The picture, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, has received rave reviews and numerous award nominations.
The theatre production of Mary Poppins originally opened in the West End in December 2004, running for three years and winning two Olivier Awards. The show has subsequently enjoyed an extended run on Broadway and has toured in countries such as the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Speaking about the show’s return to the nation’s capital, co-producer Cameron Mackintosh commented: “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.”
A hugely popular show, theatre productions of Mary Poppins have been seen by an estimated 11 million people worldwide.
Mary Poppins returns to London’s Prince Edward Theatre in the autumn of 2019.
The Ticketmaster presale will open to fans who have registered from 10:00 on Thursday 24 January 2019, but will open up to all from 12:00. Head to Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Image of Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp as Bert by Seamus Ryan