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Reviewed in The Week: Mary Poppins. Tickets from just £24.

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    With a glowing 5 star review in The Week, you'll want to snap up tickets to Mary Poppins soon! Read our full review below. 

    Original music and lyrics: Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
    Book: Julian Fellowes
    Director: Richard Eyre
    Prince Edward Theatre, London W1. Until 7 June
    Running time: 2hrs 50mins

    ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ Reviewed in The Week (23 November 2019)

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    "The wind has changed and she is popping in again,” said Sarah Hemming in the FT. Eleven years after Mary Poppins last wowed the West End, Cameron Mackintosh’s “razzle-dazzle” production – with “gorgeous” designs by Bob Crowley and stunning choreography by Matthew Bourne – has glided back into town. Richard Eyre’s glowing staging is one of which the exacting nanny “would surely approve: trim and tidy, polished to a gleam, but with a dusting of mischief and a pinch of melancholy”. When the show first opened in 2004, I admired its “clinical efficiency” but didn’t quite warm to it, said Michael Billington in The Guardian. In this new incarnation, however, it strikes me as “rapturously pleasurable”, and full of “heart” as well as “art”. Zizi Strallen is a thrillingly “unearthly” Mary; Charlie Stemp is an irresistible Bert – and the whole thing adds up to an “unassailable treat” with moments of genuine “ecstasy”.

    Strallen is “practically perfect in every way”, agreed Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph. Her self-possession and “surreptitious air of mischief” are a joy to behold; you happily believe she can pull impossibly big objects from her carpetbag and “sail unperturbed right over the stalls”. And as Bert, Stemp boasts a “smile as wide as the Thames” as he saunters right up and round the proscenium arch during Step in Time, still dancing while upside down. That “chimney sweeps’ romp”, plus Supercalifragilistic – a riot of tongue-twisting and body-bending – are alone worth the price of admission.

    Far more so than the 1964 film, this stage version plays up the “moral arc” of Mr Banks’s redemption, said Sarah Crompton on What’s On Stage. Joseph Millson is excellent as the “slowly unbending” Banks, with Amy Griffiths “gently touching as his wife”. And if all that wasn’t enough, Petula Clark (professional debut: 1942) has been persuaded back onto the West End stage to play the Bird Woman, said Quentin Letts in The Sunday Times. From the opening seconds of Feed the Birds, she “casts a spell” over the audience. “What a trouper.”

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