Zizi Strallen to play Mary Poppins on tour

Zizi Strallen with Matt Lee in Mary Poppins. Photo: Dewynters and Katrina Tepper
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Zizi Strallen will play Mary Poppins in the upcoming UK tour of the musical.

As previously reported, the show opens at Curve in Leicester on October 12.

Strallen, whose credits include the recent revival of Cats in the West End and Merrily We Roll Along, will be joined by Matt Lee as Bert.

Lee played the role of Bert in Mary Poppins when it played in Australia. His other credits include Miss Saigon and The Witches of Eastwick.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh said he was “thrilled” to have cast another Strallen in the lead role, after Scarlett Strallen previously played the part.

“I know Zizi and Matt will be practically perfect in every way and a show-stopping tour de force,” he added.

Mary Poppins has a book by Julian Fellowes, with music by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman. Additional music and lyrics are by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.

The international tour is directed by Anthony Lyn and James Powell, with original choreography adapted by Geoffrey Garratt. Original direction is by Richard Eyre, with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne. Co-choreography is by Stephen Mear.