Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp to star in Mary Poppins revival
Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp have been cast in a revival of musical Mary Poppins.
The production will run at the Prince Edward Theatre, where the show originally opened in 2004, starring Laura Michelle Kelly.
Zizi Strallen has recently played the title role on tour. Stemp, who will play Bert, has just completed a run on Broadway appearing in Hello, Dolly!.
Mary Poppins, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh, will run in the autumn next year, with dates to be confirmed. It means Aladdin, currently running in the theatre, will close in August, 2019.
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.”
He added: “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, president of Disney Theatricals, 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.”
The show is directed by Richard Eyre, with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, co-choreography by Stephen Mearand set and costume designs by Bob Crowley. Lighting design is by Natasha Katz, sound design by Paul Gatehouse and orchestrations are by William David Brohn.
The stage production has a book by Julian Fellowes. The score is by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman with new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.