Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging
About the Show
Olivier Award nominated revival of the classic musical staged by Disney and Sir Cameron Mackintosh.
The practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins is called in to take care of the wealthy Banks family children. A stage adaptation of the beloved P.L. Travers' book series of the same name. The Disney and Sir Cameron Mackintosh production with music by the Olivier Award winning composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and script by Oscar winner, Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). Starring Zizi Strallen (Follies) in the title role as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp (Half a Sixpence, Hello Dolly!) as Bert. Nominated for the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
Half-baked story aside, ‘Mary Poppins’ serves up everything you could want in a mega-budget family musical: memorable songs, dazzling visuals and a nostalgic ideal of a London that never existed. It’s supercalifragelistically good fun to visit for an hour or three.
But for nearly three hours, at least, you can park some of those worries at the door, and simply bask in the gentle familiarity and delightful uplift of this story and the spit-spot production it has been given...
Zizi Strallen (who played the role on tour in 2015) might have stepped from a picture-book. She is, to cite one of the better songs of the blandish cache by Stiles and Drewe (augmenting the bankable Sherman Brothers classics), “practically perfect in every way”.
But, even at almost three hours, the whole thing feels rushed. The songs are taken at a lick, and the production jolts from one set-piece to another without pause for breath...Watch the film, read the books. Save the magic.