The London revival of Mary Poppins has set its sights on a May 2021 reopening date at the Prince Edward Theatre. The Disney Theatricals and Cameron Mackintosh musical had previously announced it would remain shuttered through 2020, but did not provide any further details at the time.
The company at the time of the shutdown included Zizi Strallen as the title nanny opposite Charlie Stemp as Bert (both earned Olivier Awards for their performances). Rounding out the cast were Joseph Millson as George Banks, Petula Clark as the Bird Woman, Amy Griffiths as Winifred Banks, Claire Moore as Miss Andrew, Claire Machin as Mrs. Brill, Jack North as Robertson Ay, and Barry James as Bank Chairman and Admiral Boom.
The production is helmed by Richard Eyre, with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne. Bourne and co-choreographer Stephen Mear took home the 2020 Olivier Award for their work along with Bob Crowley for his set design. Rounding out the creative team are lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Paul Gatehouse, and orchestrator William David Brohn.
Mary Poppins originally opened in the West End 14 years ago. The stage production is co-created by Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The score by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman includes the classic songs “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time,” “Feed the Birds,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
London is currently under Tier 3 restrictions, meaning all West End theatres are closed until further notice to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Production Photos: Mary Poppins Revival in London