Tour

  • From
    To
    03 August 2016
    03 September 2016
    Plymouth Theatre Royal
  • From
    To
    09 September 2016
    29 October 2016
    Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • From
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    02 November 2016
    10 December 2016
    Bradford Alhambra Theatre
  • From
    To
    14 December 2016
    14 January 2017
    Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre

About The Show

Synopsis

Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family who live in a big house in London on Cherry Lane. Things are not going well for the family, the children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and are in need of a new nanny. Jane and Michael have their own ideas about what sort of caretaker they should have, while their parents—and in particular Mr. Banks—are insistent on someone strict for the job. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that…

“Anything can happen if you let it.”

Cast

  • Zizi Strallen
    Mary Poppins
    Cast
    Zizi Strallen - Mary Poppins

    Zizi trained at the Arts Educational Schools and London Studio Centre. She has, most recently, been seen playing Lana in Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man (UK tour/Sadler’s Wells); Demeter in Cats (UK tour/London Palladium) and Penny Pingleton in Hairspray at the Leicester Curve.

    Theatre includes: Meg in Merrily We Roll Along (the Harold Pinter Theatre); Mona and first-cover Velma in Chicago (Leicester Curve); Constance in the original West End cast of Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre); Betty in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (Sadler’s Wells and world tour); ensemble and first-cover Lisa in Dirty Dancing (Aldwych); Zaneeta in The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre – Rachel Kavanaugh); Kathy Cratchit in Scrooge (Palladium); juvenile ensemble in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Palladium); company in The Herbal Bed (Royal Shakespeare Company); Tessie in Annie (Victoria Palace); company in A Tale of Two Cities (Theatre Royal Windsor); company in A Christmas Carol – ballet (Royal Festival Hall) and juvenile ensemble in Dick Whittington (Sadler’s Wells).

    Television and film includes: The Car Man (Sky Arts); Merrily We Roll Along – on-screen (Digital Theatre – Maria Friedman); Cinderella (Disney – Kenneth Branagh); Margery in The Prince and the Pauper (BBC); Molly Marsham in Bramwell (ITV); Princess Vicky in Victoria & Albert (ITV) and Phoebe in Dinotopia (Hallmark).

  • Matt Lee
    Bert
    Cast
    Matt Lee - Bert

    Matt Lee is a leading Australian theatre and dance personality, who has starred in some of Australia’s

    favourite television and stage shows. Matt performed as Bert in Mary Poppins,winning the 2011 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical. His stage credits include major roles in Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You, Hugh Jackman’s The Boy From Oz, Rent, The Witches of Eastwick, Oh! What a Night, Grease,Dein Perry’s Steel City, Hot Shoe Shuffle and the Opera Australia production of Rags. He appeared as Cosmo Brown in the Production Company’s 2013 production of Singin’ in the Rain.Matt was a permanent member of the judging panel as well as choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance for Network Ten, which earned him a 2009 Logie Award nomination for Most Popular New Talent. He was the motion capture principal in the Oscar-winning animated feature Happy Feet.

    Other screen credits include: the role of Jonno in the AFI-winning feature film Bootmen and a guest role in Home and Away for Channel 7.Matt is widely recognised as a choreographer with recent credits including choreographing the Baz Luhrmann tribute for the third annual AACTA Awards,Nespresso Inissia launch, for Ricky Martin on The Voice Australia and the 2013 NRL Grand Final, Australia’s Got Talent, Big Brother, the 2013 Helpmann Awardsand staging for Timomatic across televised events. He is well known for his choreographic work with Hilary Duff, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Marcia Hines and Christine Anu. In 2000, he toured worldwide as choreographer with sister2sister, supporting Britney Spears on her Oops I Did It Again tour. He choreographed the opening of the 2010 Logie Awards with six-time ARIA Award winner Gabriella Cilmi.

  • Neil Roberts
    George Banks
    Cast
    Neil Roberts - George Banks

    Neil trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

    He has worked extensively in Film, TV and Theatre in the UK and the USA.

    Most recently seen in Emmerdale as DS Jason Wise, in the UK Neil has also appeared in Holby City, Coronation Street, New Tricks, Doctors, Boy’s Adrift, Disney’s Life Bites, Gill Mayo Mysteries, The Impressionists, Love Soup, Keen Eddie, Family Affairs, The Bill, Privates, White House Farm Murders, Plato’s Symposium, Just William, and the BAFTA nominated A Breed of Heroes.

    In the USA Neil is best known for the role of Rex Buckland in Charmed. He also appeared in Beverly Hills 90210, Party of Five, Public Morals, Sliders, Baywatch Nights, Babylon 5, and Diagnosis Murder (with of course, Dick Van Dyke!)

    Neil will shortly be seen in the film Mum’s List, due for release in 2016, playing Professor Stevens opposite Rafe Spall. Other films include Vernon Walks, Killing Me Softly, The Second Civil War, and Marvel’s Nick Fury. He is also proud to have produced and starred in the award winning short film The History of Chance.

    During a varied theatre career Neil has performed in both plays and musicals. Most recently these include Harry in Mamma Mia! (West End), and for Talking Scarlet; Jekyll and Hyde, Dealer’s Choice, Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper Murders and End of the Affair.

    Other theatre work includes Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, A Single Man, Murder In Green Meadows, Wind in the Willows, Who Killed “Agatha” Christie?, My Cousin Rachel, Elegies, As you Like It, Winnie the Pooh, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Jungle Book, Salad Days, Night Fright, Love For Love, On Approval, Post Mortem, Prisoners Of War, Send In The Clowns, Forty Years On, and the title role in Hamlet.

    Neil has also worked extensively in radio, including a year with the BBC Radio Repertory Company, and has appeared in over 60 commercials; perhaps most recognisable as half of one of the Nescafé Gold Blend couples!

  • Rebecca Lock
    Winifred Banks
    Cast
    Rebecca Lock - Winifred Banks

    Rebecca’s stage credits include: Rosie in Mamma Mia! (the Novello Theatre); Widow Corney in Oliver! (Sheffield Crucible); Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music (Irving Street Productions); Countess Gabrielle in Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre); Iris in The Tempest (Theatre Royal Bath); Mary in Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Svetlana Sergievsky in Chess (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); Carlotta Giudicelli in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre); Joan Aldrin inMoon Landing (Derby Playhouse); Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre); guest soloist in 30th anniversary of Side by Side by Sondheim (Novello Theatre); Gilda in Alfie (Watford Palace Theatre); principal in Dorothy Fields Forever (King’s Head and Jermyn Street); Nora in The Pirates of Penzance (Sheffield Lyceum); Franziska in Charlotte Life? or Theatre? (Soho Theatre Studio); Jellylorum in Cats (New London Theatre); Anna in After the Fair (King’s Head Theatre); principal in Oh What a Lovely War (Royal National Theatre); Bertrande de Rols in Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre); Nora in The Pirates of Penzance (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Guinevere in Pendragon (New York City Center Theatre, Broadway); Guinevere in Pendragon (international tour including Hong Kong and Taipei) and Lady Shaftesbury/Aggie in The Ragged Child (national and international tour including New York).

    Film credits include: Bridesmaid in Bridget Jones’s Diary.

    Recording credits include: Joan Aldrin in Moon Landing (Derby Playhouse); Beatriz in Ardiente paciencia (Il postino); Sissy in Hard Times (John Cameron Music); Gilda/ Annie in Alfie (John Cameron Music); Bertrande de Rols in Martin Guerre (First Night Records) and Guinevere in Pendragon (original cast recording).

    Rebecca’s workshop credits include: Lady Dant in Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Theatres); Maria Ziegler in The Dancing Years (Wales Millennium Centre); Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice (Sonia Friedman Productions); Madame Villefort in The Count of Monte Cristo, Beatriz in Il postino and Sophie in Mamma Mia!.

    Twitter: @rebeccalock22

  • Penelope Woodman
    Miss Smythe / Miss Andrew
    Cast
    Penelope Woodman - Miss Smythe / Miss Andrew

    Penny trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

    West End and UK Tour: DS Teddern and cover/played Tracey Stubbs in Birds of a Feather (UK Tour); cover/played Donna, Rosie and Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre and International Tour); Babs Sherwood in Never Forget (UK Tour); Young Dame Edna Everage in New Edna: the Spectacle (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Lois in Girls Behind (UK Tour); Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Westminster Theatre) and Mirabelle in Cavalcade (Sadler’s Wells and UK Tour).

    RSC: cover/played Olivia and Maria, and Maid in Twelfth Night, cover Portia and Calpurnia, and Citizen in Julius Caesar, Inez in Huis Clos (Vicious Circle) and Eliza in Desire Under the Elms.

    Regional and Open Air Theatre: Mrs Betty Laurel in Sons of the Desert (Royal Court, Liverpool); Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Celia in As You Like It (British Shakespeare Company); Sally Pratt in I Have Been Here Before (Nottingham Playhouse); Francis Parnell in Racing Demon and Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre (Farnham Repertory Theatre); Stef in Skin Deep (Croydon Warehouse Theatre); Mrs Dilber in A Christmas Carol, Washerwoman in Yerma, Prince Charming in Cinderella and Jack in Mother Goose (Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal) and Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk (Salisbury Playhouse).

    Television and Film: Mrs Julia Morgan in Coronation Street (ITV); Christine in Girls’ Night (Granada Film Productions); Janie in 20 Things to Do Before You’re 30 (C4/Tiger Aspect); Janet in The Knock (ITV) and Angie in The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (BBC).

    For my father, Barry James Woodman (1944–2015).

  • Grainne Renihan
    Bird Woman
    Cast
    Grainne Renihan - Bird Woman

    Theatre credits include: Demi in Cappuccino Girls (Grand Theatre); Grizabella in Cats (UK tour and Hamburg); Woman 1 in There’s Always a Woman (Bridewell Theatre); Fantine in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre); Florence in Chess (Prince Edward Theatre); Giulietta in Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales Theatre); Ellen in Miss Saigon (Drury Lane and Musical Hall, Stuttgart); Eva Peron in Evita (Gaiety Theatre); Cinderella in Into the Woods (Library Theatre); Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (UK national tour) and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (European tour). Grainne played the Factory Girl in the 25th anniversary filmed concert version of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena and played the role of Fantine in the London production of Les Misérables on three separate stages of the show’s history, making her one of the longest holders of that role in the show’s West End history.

    As a solo concert artist, Grainne has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and many others, and has regularly appeared on BBC’s Friday Night Is Music Night. Grainne has also appeared as guest artist at Her Majesty’s Theatre in A Grand Night for Singing, as well as the role of Katherine in Scott Alan’s new song cycle Home at the New Players Theatre, London.

    Recordings include: A Night at the Musicals with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Essentials with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, and Grainne singing the role of Ellen on the original cast recording of Miss Saigon (Germany). She can also be heard live with her three sisters on their CD, simply entitled Sisters!

  • Wendy Ferguson
    Mrs Brill
    Cast
    Wendy Ferguson - Mrs Brill

    Wendy is from Derry, Northern Ireland.

    Training: scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – MA in Musical Performance, BMus (hons) and LGSMD.

    Theatre includes: Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary celebration (Royal Albert Hall); Widow Corney in Oliver!, directed by Rupert Goold (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Lost Musicals series (Sadler’s Wells Theatre) and Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables at the 2014 Olivier Awards.

    Concerts include: Bach’s Magnificat, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Bach’s B-minor mass, Brahms’s German Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Hayden’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Berlioz’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and appearances at the Barbican Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

    Recordings include: The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary DVD and CD, and Oliver! (2009 live cast).

    Twitter: @wendymferguson

     

  • Blair Anderson
    Robertson Ay
    Cast
    Blair Anderson - Robertson Ay

    Blair is a recent graduate from Arts Educational Schools. He has just finished playing Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain (Cork Theatre).

    Other Credits include: Cat in the Hat in Seussical (Singapore tour); Vinnie/Jonny in Blockbuster – the Musical (UK tour); Felix in If the Lights Are Too Bright (Ovalhouse Theatre); Robert in In Lambeth (Southwark Playhouse); Richard in My Name Is Richard (Edinburgh Festival – nominated for Best Actor by The Stage); ensemble in The Olivier Awards (Royal Opera House/ITV); ensemble in Kerry Ellis at the Palladium (London Palladium) and ensemble in Evita (ArtsEd).

    Blair is thrilled to join the cast of Mary Poppins.

  • Lewis Fernée
    Michael Banks
    Cast
    Lewis Fernée - Michael Banks

    Lewis is 9 years old and lives with his Mum, Dad and twin sister Amber. He made his West End stage debut appearing in Billy Elliot the Musical, and was also cast as the lead boy in a short film Safiyah Flies Across the Ocean. As well as acting, Lewis loves to sing and dance, and after winning a scholarship to Top Hat Stage School, Lewis joined Lizzie Meeks School of Dance, and has also recently been accepted into the Tring Classical Ballet Academy.

    Lewis is thrilled to be joining the cast of Mary Poppins.

     

  • Regan Garcia
    Michael Banks
    Cast
    Regan Garcia - Michael Banks

    Regan is nine years old and lives at home with Mum, Dad, his brother Zach and sister Caitlin. He began his drama, singing and dance training at Liz Burville Performing Arts at the age of four. In recent months, Regan has also trained with Spirit Young Performers Company.

    Regan has performed in local shows, appeared in TV commercials and modelled
    for several high street stores.

    His hobbies include reading Harry Potter and playing football.

    This is Regan’s first professional show.

  • Cameron Lant
    Michael Banks
    Cast
    Cameron Lant - Michael Banks

    Cameron is ten years old and from Newcastle upon Tyne, where he lives with his mum, dad and sister. He trains at Stagecoach and the Marian Lane School of Dance. After singing in concert with Robbie Williams in 2014, recent theatre credits include: Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK tour); Michael Darling in Peter Pan (ABD Productions) and performing in Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour). He is very excited to join the cast of Mary Poppins.

  • Finley Miller
    Michael Banks
    Cast
    Finley Miller - Michael Banks

    Finley is 9 years old and lives in North Yorkshire, with his Mum and Dad and sister Scarlett.

    He trains at Starstruck Performing Arts and part time with Sylvia Young Theatre School and has been singing, dancing, acting since the age of 3 years. He has appeared in local shows and has modelled for many fashion brands.His hobbies include gymnastics, trampolining, motorbiking, writing short plays for his friends to perform at school.

    Finley is thrilled to be playing Michael Banks in his first professional Debut.

     

  • Diego Sanna
    Michael Banks
    Cast
    Diego Sanna - Michael Banks

    Training – D&B Academy of Performing Arts.

    Diego is 10 years old and enjoys football and swimming. Diego also plays the piano and drums and is an avid reader.
    He recently took part in a voice over for Home Fires for ITV.

    Diego is delighted to be appearing as Michael Banks in the UK Tour of Mary Poppins.
    He would like to thank everyone at D&B Academy of Performing Arts and his family for all their love and support.

  • Felicity Biggs
    Jane Banks
    Cast
    Felicity Biggs - Jane Banks

    Felicity is 11 years old and lives in Buckinghamshire. As well as performing Felicity loves walking her dog William, gymnastics and spending time with friends and family.

    Having started at the Jackie Palmer stage school in 2014 she has appeared in the ‘Musical Miscellany” at the waterside theatre in Aylesbury and is delighted to be joining the UK tour of Mary Poppins alongside her twin Verity

  • Verity Biggs
    Jane Banks
    Cast
    Verity Biggs - Jane Banks

    Verity is 11 years old and lives in Buckinghamshire as well as performing Verity loves reading, trampolining, gymnastics and spending time with friends and family.

    Having started Jackie Palmer Stage school in 2014 she has appeared in ‘Musical Miscellany at the Waterside theatre in Aylesbury and is delighted to be joining the UK of Mary Poppins alongside her twin Felicity

  • Lottie Sicilia
    Jane Banks
    Cast
    Lottie Sicilia - Jane Banks

    Lottie has been singing dancing and acting since the age of four, modelled for campaigns including Monsoon, River Island, Zara, Cath Kidston and Vogue Bambini. Her last role was ‘Matilda’ in the RSC’s West End production of Matilda the Musical, which also included performing Naughty at West End Live Trafalgar Square and on ITV’s ‘This Morning ‘. She attends Spirit Young Performance Company in London. Lottie is absolutely thrilled to be taking on the role of Jane Banks.

  • Violet Tucker
    Jane Banks
    Cast
    Violet Tucker - Jane Banks

    Violet is 12 years old and trains with Westend Masterclass and London Elite Dance Company. She first appeared on stage as Blossom in Dick Whittington (Playhouse Theatre).

    Violet made her professional West End debut in 2014 playing the role of Matilda in Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical. She has had the pleasure of performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Friday night is Music night on Radio 4, West End Live Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, The Oliviers and Children in Need Gala.

    In 2015 she went on to play the role of Brigitta in the Sound of Music UK Tour and is delighted now to be appearing as Jane Banks. Later on in the year Violet will be joining Susi Earnshaw Theatre School in London as a full time scholarship student.

  • Maia West
    Jane Banks
    Cast
    Maia West - Jane Banks

    Maia is 11 years old and lives with her family in Bath. She loves performing and made her professional debut at the age of 9 playing Young Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical (UK Tour). She trains at The Dorothy Coleborn School of Dancing and Stagecoach Bath where she is part of the dance troupe that have performed in Disneyland Paris, and twice in London’s West End. As well as singing, dancing and acting, Maia loves gymnastics, creative writing, baking, reading and her cat, Zebedee. Maia is thrilled to be joining the cast of Mary Poppins.

  • Yves Adang
    Neleus / Kite Boy / Dance Captain
    Cast
    Yves Adang - Neleus / Kite Boy / Dance Captain

    Yves was born and raised in the Netherlands.

    Training: graduated with a BA from the Jazz Musical department of the High School of Performing Arts in Amsterdam.

    Theatre: original Dutch cast for the following productions: Grease (Doody), Fame (ensemble, first-cover Schlomo and assistant dance captain), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin), Mary Poppins (Neleus) and Miss Saigon (swing and dance captain). These six years of working in the Netherlands were followed by productions abroad: Tanz der Vampire (Dance of the Vampires) as ensemble and cover; White Vampire in Berlin, Germany; La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) – original French cast, as swing and cover LeFou in Paris; and, most recently, Neleus and assistant choreographer for the Vienna production of Mary Poppins in Austria.

    Yves would like to thank James, his family and his friends for their continuous support, patience and love, and everyone who has made it possible for him to be a part of this amazing production.

  • Abby Bebbington
    Kite Girl
    Cast
    Abby Bebbington - Kite Girl

    Professional Training: Central School of Ballet and Laine Theatre Arts (Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre – Trinity, London)

    Theatre credits: ensemble in Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

    TV and film credits: ballet dancer for Blue Peter (BBC TV).

    Theatre credits (whilst in training): The Pharaoh’s Daughter for the Bolshoi Ballet (Royal Opera House) Movin’ in Time (Epsom Playhouse) The Spirit of Life (Epsom Playhouse) Judy Turner in Chorus Line (LTA studio theatre) and dancer for Central School of Ballet (the Unicorn Theatre, London)

    Abby is very excited to be part of the Mary Poppins tour cast and would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support.

  • Greg Bernstein
    Valentine / Kite Boy
    Cast
    Greg Bernstein - Valentine / Kite Boy

    Trained: the Guildford School of Acting.

    Recent theatre credits: swing in Barnum (UK tour); McCaffery/ensemble in South Pacific at Kilworth House Theatre; Chester the Jester in Lichfield Garrick’s production of Snow White; original cast of Billy Elliot- the Musical (West End); played Noah Gellman in Tony Kushner’s musical Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.

    TV credits and TV commercials: Casualty, and various TV commercials for Walkers and Cheerios.

    Other Credits two music videos as lead dancer for The X Factor contestant Chico.

    Twitter: @GregBernstein

  • Jabari Braham
    William / Kite Boy
    Cast
    Jabari Braham - William / Kite Boy

    Training: Jabari trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts where he was head boy and graduated in summer 2013.

    Theatre Includes: ‘Wheezy’ In Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Alhambra Theatre) Ensemble and U/S Genie and Abanazer in Aladdin (Wythern Theatre), ‘Nick Bottom’ in Ballet Shoes (Peacock Theatre), ‘Mouse King’ in The Nutcracker (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre), ‘Petruchio’ in The Taming of the Shrew (Drum Theatre) and Singer/ Lead dancer in various productions on board ‘The MV Voyager’.

    Workshop Includes: Jabari played ‘Fayard Nicholas’ in the London Workshops for the new Glenn Miller musical Feelin’ In the Mood (Stanhope Productions).

    Other works includes: Jabari was also featured in an internet viral for Kids cartoon Max Adventures, dancer for rock band Hard–Fi at the FA cup final (Wembley Stadium), and Concert dancer for Kerry Ellis in The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall). Jabari has also commissioned original choreographer for International Cruise Liner Voyages of Discovery and his work can currently be seen sailing around the world. Jabari is very grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank his family, friends and teachers.

  • Matthew Caputo
    Swing
    Cast
    Matthew Caputo - Swing

    Matthew trained at Bird College, graduating in 2011.

    Theatre credits include: Top Hat (UK tour); Water Babies (Curve, Leicester); swing in Cats (UK/European tour) and also understudied the roles of Mungojerrie, Skimbleshanks and Mr Mistoffelees; White Christmas (Lowry, Manchester); Chino in West Side Story, directed by Will Tuckett (the Sage Gateshead); Gypsy (Curve Theatre, Leicester) and swing and understudied the role of Andy Lee in 42nd Street (Curve, Leicester).

  • Sophie Caton
    Miss Lark
    Cast
    Sophie Caton - Miss Lark

    Training: Arts Educational Schools, London.

    Theatre credits: Claus (Landor Theatre, London); Romeo & Juliet (Greenwich Theatre, London); Oliver! (UK & Ireland Tour); The Bugle Boy (Garrick Theatre, West End & UK Tour); Into The Woods (Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London); Olivier Awards – Into The Woods (Drury Lane, West End); Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert (O2, London); Mary Poppins (UK Tour 2008-09); COMPANY (Derby Playhouse); Peter Pan (Royal Festival Hall, London); Les Misérables (Palace Theatre, West End); Carousel (UK Tour); Martin Guerre (West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK Tour); Scrooge (Dominion Theatre, West End & UK Tour).

    Cast Recordings: Martin Guerre (First Night Records)

    TV credits: Paul O’Grady Live (ITV); Casualty (BBC); Crimewatch (BBC).

    Sophie is also a certified Bikram yoga teacher.

  • Jennifer Davison
    Annie / Glamour Doll
    Cast
    Jennifer Davison - Annie / Glamour Doll

    Jennifer trained at Laine Theatre Arts, where she was head girl and received the Eileen Rose Award for Musical Theatre.

    Theatre credits include: Follies (Royal Albert Hall); White Christmas (Dominion Theatre); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (original London cast – Drury Lane); Singin’ in the Rain (original London cast – Palace Theatre); Top Hat (original world premiere cast); Mamma Mia! (international tour), in which she understudied and played Lisa; the role of Eva Peron in Facing the Future (Epsom Playhouse); Cinderella at the New Wimbledon Theatre for First Family Entertainment; Follies at the Epsom Studios; Snow White at the New Wimbledon Theatre for First Family Entertainment, and the role of Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie at the Epsom Studios.

    Album recordings: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (original London cast, 2013) and Singin’ in the Rain (revival London cast, 2012).

  • Lisa Dent
    Swing
    Cast
    Lisa Dent - Swing

    Lisa trained at New Mills Dance and Theatre Centre, before gaining a scholarship for the Northern Ballet School, Manchester. She went on to graduate with a National Diploma in Professional Dance.

    Theatre credits include: the Broadway Revival of 42nd Street (the Apollo Theatre, Stuttgart); dance captain in Hot Stuff – the Christmas Edition (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); featured singer in Strictly New Wave (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); dance captain in Pacific Overtures (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); UK tour of Me and My Girl; UK tour of 42nd Street, where she understudied/played the leading role of Peggy Sawyer; UK tour of Steppin’ Out with Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag from Strictly Come Dancing; 50th anniversary tour of West Side Story, playing Teresita, in which she sang the famously acclaimed song ‘Somewhere’ on numerous occasions; onstage swing and understudied/played the leading role of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre); dance captain and understudied the roles of Miss Hot Stuff and Julie in Hot Stuff (Leicester Curve); The King and I, in which she understudied the roles of Tuptim and Eliza; she was once again given the position of dance captain (Leicester Curve); UK tour of Puttin’ on the Ritz with Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag; swing and understudy Liat in Bartlett Sher’s South Pacific(the Barbican Theatre, London/UK tour); understudy Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! (Leicester Curve); assisted Joey McKneely at the West Side Story auditions for the recent UK tour; UK tour of West Side Story, where she was given the position of dance captain/swing and understudied the leading role of Maria, understudied/played Anybodys, understudied/played Rosalia and, again, sung ‘Somewhere’ on numerous occasions; and swing/assistant dance captain in Oklahoma! (UK tour).

  • Joseph Dockree
    Swing
    Cast
    Joseph Dockree - Swing

    Joseph trained at Laine Theatre Arts and The Joanne Woodcock School of Dance.

    Theatre credits: swing and cover Neleus in Mary Poppins (Ronacher Theater, Vienna); ensemble in Beauty and the Beast (Théatre Mogador, Paris); ensemble/cover White Vampire in Tanz der Vampire (Theater des Westens, Berlin); Prince Charming in One Man’s Dream II: the Magic Lives On (Tokyo Disneyland) and ensemble of Dick Whittington, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Bristol Hippodrome).

    Ballet credits: Sleeping Beauty (Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet) and The Nutcracker and Coppélia (Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet).

    Television credits: Born to Shine for ITV and the Christmas commercial for M&S department store. Joe would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.

  • Maria Garrett
    Kite Girl
    Cast
    Maria Garrett - Kite Girl

    Training: Harlequin Stage School, Royal Ballet Associate and Laine Theatre Arts (Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre – Trinity, London).

    Theatre includes: understudy and played Lisa in Mamma Mia! (West End); dance captain and understudy Jill and Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk (Wyvern, Swindon); My Favorite Year (Studio, Epsom) and A Stair(e) at a Time and Movin’ in Time (Epsom Playhouse).

    Others works include: dancer with Hard-Fi during the pre-match entertainment at the FA Cup Final 2012 (Wembley Stadium) and Giselle (Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome).

  • Hannah Grace
    Fannie
    Cast
    Hannah Grace - Fannie

    Trained: The Arts Educational Schools, London, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. She was awarded the Kath Topping Award for Vocal Studies 2011.

    Theatre Credits include: Ellen/Cover Gertie in Oklahoma! (Music & Lyrics UK tour); Sister Berthe/Cover Elsa Schraeder/Dance Captain in The Sound of Music (Leicester Curve); Swing/Cover Jessie & Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun (ATG UK Tour); Lady Edith in Lost Boy (Finborough & Charing Cross Theatres); Love Beyond (SSE Arena, Wembley & The Brighton Centre); Maid/Ensemble in My Fair Lady (Kilworth House Theatre); Swing/Cover Madame Giry in the 25th Anniversary Tour of The Phantom of the Opera; Edith in Pirates of Penzance (Kilworth House Theatre); London Philharmonic Choir member in Dr Who Prom (Royal Albert Hall); Ensemble in UK Production’s Aladdin (Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells); Choir member for Christmas in New York (Lyric, London).

    Recordings include: Bluebird (Concept Cast Recording).

    Hannah would like to thank God, her family and friends for their continued support.

    Twitter: @HannahGrace1008

  • Graham Hoadly
    Admiral Boom and Bank Chairman
    Cast
    Graham Hoadly - Admiral Boom and Bank Chairman

    Graham Hoadly was born in Hornchurch, Essex, and commenced his career there at the Queen’s Theatre in 1977.

    West End includes: The whole run of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Palladium). Lumley in Mr Cinders (Fortune); Dexter in Singin’ in the Rain (Palladium); Francis and Grant in Elegies (Criterion) and Abe Greenbaum in Some Like It Hot (Prince Edward). He may be heard on the original cast recordings of these productions.

    Recent Theatre: Lord Cromer in Mrs Henderson Presents at the Theatre Royal Bath; Franz in The Sound of Music (International Tour); Lord Augustus Loring in Lady Windermere’s Fan at the King’s Head Theatre; Mr Pinky and Mr Spritzer in Hairspray (International Tour); Captain Brackett in South Pacific at Kilworth House Theatre; Dr Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest at the English Theatre of Hamburg, and Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance at Kilworth House Theatre.

    Tours include: Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady; Bert Barry in 42nd Street; Everett in Crazy for You; Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; the Rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof; Colonel Mustard in Cluedo; Uncle Augustine in Salad Days and Just a Verse and Chorus, along with numerous roles in repertory all over the country.

    He has toured frequently with Opera della Luna, playing Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow; Dick Deadeye/Auntie in HMS Pinafore; Mrs Partlet (don’t ask…!) in The Sorcerer; Pooh-Bah in The Mikado and Fingers McFidget in The Burglar’s Opera.

    Graham is a regular pantomime dame/ugly sister, having previously appeared at Richmond, Wimbledon, Woking, Stoke, Milton Keynes and Glasgow.
    A frequent voice-over artist and radio broadcaster, he voiced most of the men who weren’t Marx Brothers in Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel (often repeated on Radio 4 Extra), amongst many other programmes for the BBC.

    Film and TV credits include: Jack in YAHŞİ BATI  (a spoof Turkish Western!); London Road, directed by Rufus Norris, for the National Theatre; Lieutenant Stewart in the short film True Glory; Horace Carter in The Escapist; Baptiste in The Snow White File, and Jimmy in Blunt with Anthony Hopkins and Ian Richardson.

    Twitter: @GrahamHoadly

  • Thomas-Lee Kidd
    Swing
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    Thomas-Lee Kidd - Swing

    Training: the Urdang Academy.

    Theatre includes: ensemble/understudy Alberto Beddini in Top Hat (UK tour) and swing in Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre).

    Television includes: dancer in Britain’s Got Talent and Four Corners (ITV) and London Olympics 2012 and BT London Live (Hyde Park/Victoria Park).

    Other: stager for Jean Ann Ryan Productions.

  • Antony Lawrence
    Park Keeper / Von Hussler
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    Antony Lawrence - Park Keeper / Von Hussler

    Antony trained at Guildford School of Acting.

    Theatre includes: understudy Khashoggi and Rebel Leader in We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour); understudy Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (UK arena tour) and Simon Stride in Jekyll and Hyde (Union Theatre).

    Workshops include: Cecco/Tootles in Peter Pan (Lyric Theatre).

    Concerts include: My Fair Lady (BBC Proms/Royal Albert Hall).

    Most recently: Escapologist and understudy Miss Trunchbull and Mr Wormwood in Matilda – the Musical (Cambridge Theatre/RSC).

     

  • Adam Margilewski
    Vicar
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    Adam Margilewski - Vicar

    Training: Adam trained for three years in musical theatre (BA (hons)) at Arts Educational Schools in London.

    Theatre: most recently, Adam has been playing the role of Cosmo Brown in Kilworth House’s production of Singin’ in the Rain.

    Credits include: touring the UK in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Barnum; ensemble in the critically acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls at Chichester Festival Theatre; ensemble in White Christmas at Edinburgh Playhouse; covering the role of Cosmo Brown in the West End production of Singin’ in the Rain; swing in Cats (European tour); swing in Berlin’s production of Dirty Dancing and ensemble in the UK tour of White Christmas. Adam’s West End debut was in Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre, where he understudied and played Neil Kellerman.

    Credits at college include: The Pirates of Penzance, Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Ethan in The Full Monty. Adam appeared in Children Will Listen -the 75th birthday gala for Stephen Sondheim at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and Follies in Concert at the Palladium.

    Further credits include: dancer in Willkommen beiCarmen Nebel (Germany television); James and the Narrator in a workshop for Moments, a new musical at the Chichester Festival Theatre; Starkey the Pirate (understudy Captain Hook) in the pantomime Peter Pan, and ensemble in BBC Television event Britain at War: a Nation Remembers.

  • Anu Ogunmefun
    Kite Girl
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    Anu Ogunmefun - Kite Girl

    Training: The Urdang Academy

    Credits: Principal dancer in Classically British, Horoscopes, The Serco Pulse Awards, Strictly Come Dancing (for The Wanted) and Alex in the feature film The Tutor. She has also appeared in music videos for various artists.

    Anu would like to thank all of her friends and family, especially her Nan and Granddad for their continual love and support.

  • Ben Oliver
    Pan
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    Ben Oliver - Pan

    Training: Arts Educational Schools London – BA (hons) in Musical Theatre.

    Theatre credits: original cast/2014 cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Little Me (Ye Olde Rose and Crown).

    Other Credits ensemble/first-cover Aladdin in Aladdin (Beck Theatre, Hayes); Friday Night Is Music Night (BBC Radio 2); the Olivier Awards 2011 and 2013, and The Royal Variety Performance 2013 and 2014.

  • Claire Parrish
    Katie Nanna
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    Claire Parrish - Katie Nanna

    Theatre credits include: First cover Ellen in Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre, West End; Ensemble/ understudy Factory Girl in Les Miserables, Queen’s Theatre, West End; Strawberry seller and understudy Nancy and Bet in Oliver!, UK Tour; Dr Who Arena Tour, BBC Worldwide; Brenda and understudy Linda and Donna Marie in Blood Brothers, UK Tour; Flo Bates and understudy Ann Pornick in Half A Sixpence, UK Tour; Helen/Isabel in Scrooge The Musical, UK Tour, Tina in Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business, Watford Palace Theatre; Magenta/Usherette in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Playhouse and Comedy Theatre West End and UK Tour; Bess in Scrooge The Musical , London Palladium, West End; Laurie and understudy Smitty in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and Lady in Waiting in 5/11, both Chichester Festival Theatre; Jemima and understudy Rumpleteaser in Cats UK Tour; Showtime At The Stadium , Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Stephen Mear, BBC Wales.

    Recordings include: Scrooge London Palladium cast recording and Spamalot UK Tour. Claire has also appeared in cabaret at Lauderdale House.

    Claire is delighted to be joining the company of Mary Poppins .

  • Jo Lucy Rackham
    Assistant Dance Captain
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    Jo Lucy Rackham - Assistant Dance Captain

    Training: Art Educational Schools, London, graduating with BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.

    Theatre credits include: Dance Captain, swing, cover Miss Lark in Mary Poppins (Vienna, Ronacher); Ensemble in Hey, Old Friends! Sondheim’s 85th Birthday Concert (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Ensemble in South Pacific (Kilworth House); Dance Captain, Rumpleteaser, cover Victoria / Demeter in Cats (European Tour); Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma! (UK tour)

    TV credits include: Tiller Girl in John Bishop’s Christmas Special. 

    Jo is delighted to be joining the Poppins team again and would like to thank her family for their wonderful support.

  • Edwin Ray
    Toy Soldier
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    Edwin Ray - Toy Soldier

    Edwin trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2002.

    Having recently finished performing in Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne Opera House, Edwin is thrilled to be part of Mary Poppins!

    Theatre credits include: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands (Sadler’s wells and UK tour Cabaret, playing Bobby and covering Cliff (The MAC Belfast), Happy Days A New Musical covering and playing Potsie and Ralph Malph (UK Tour), original cast of Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty creating the role of King Benedict (Sadler’s Wells, UK and USA tour), Anything Goes (Kilworth House Theatre), The Sound of Music, playing Rolf (Bahrain Summer Festival), MB’s Nutcracker! playing the Title Role (Sadler’s Wells and UK tour), MB’s Cinderella playing The Pilot and Dick (Sadler’s Wells, UK & International tour), Rock Around the Clock (Monte Carlo, Istanbul and UK tour), Irish Wings, covering the leading role of William (Dutch Tour), White Christmas (UK tour), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, West End), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), The RSC’s The Wizard Of Oz (Mayflower theatre, Southampton), Chicago (UK Tour), MB’s Swan Lake (UK, Paris and USA Tour), Footloose (UK tour), Crazy For You (UK Tour), FAME (Aldwych Theatre, West End & Edinburgh Playhouse).

    Additional credits include: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Film (Leopard Films), Matthew Bourne’s Christmas (Leopard Films and Channel 4), Priscilla Queen of the Desert Promo Team (Toronto & London), A Royal Gala (Wales Millennium Centre opening gala & BBC TV); Waking The Dead (BBC TV); Stars in their Eyes (Granada TV); Toyota Trade Show (Barcelona) and the L’Oreal Colour trophy awards (Earls Court).

    For more information please visit: www.access-uk.com

  • Adam Rhys-Charles
    Ernest
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    Adam Rhys-Charles - Ernest

    Adam trained at Arts Educational Schools.

    Theatre: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park); Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible/UK tour); Kiss Me, Kate BBC Prom (Royal Albert Hall); Oliver! (Sheffield Crucible); Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (UK tour); Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre/UK tour); White Christmas (Sunderland Empire); Bells Are Ringing (Union Theatre); Aladdin (Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells) and Christmas in New York (Lyric Theatre).

     

  • Sam Salter
    Toy Soldier
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    Sam Salter - Toy Soldier

    Sam trained at Sylvia Young Theatre School and Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2013.

    Theatre credits include: ensemble in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Big Deal and understudy Action in West Side Story (UK tour) and Peter Pan (Venue Cymru, Llandudno, and the Hawth, Crawley). Sam has danced for Ella Henderson on Sunday Night at the Palladium, alongside Kerry Ellis in The Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall, and as part of the pre-match entertainment at the 2012 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

    Further credits include: Pineapple Dance Studios for Sky 1; Scott Alan’s music video ‘Again’ and, most recently, a soloist for Fatboy Slim at the Anglo Music Awards in Ibiza.

    Sam played the role of Xav in Cucumber for Channel 4 and on radio could be heard on The Midnight Folk for BBC Radio 4.

    For more information, please visit www.colekitchenn.com.

     

  • John Stacey
    Policeman / Northbrook
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    John Stacey - Policeman / Northbrook

    John, most recently, appeared as the Ringmaster in the Barnum UK tour.

    Previous credits include: Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre); Max Ganzenlicker in The Pajama Game (Chichester); Top Hat (Aldwych); My Fair Lady (BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall); Scrooge (UK tour); Bernie in Lend Me a Tenor (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Gielgud Theatre); Me and My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Hello, Dolly! (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park); Victoria Wood’s Mid Life Christmas (BBC); Fame (UK tour); Mamma Mia! (international tour); Guys and Dolls (Donmar tour); Acorn Antiques – the Musical! (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Anything Goes (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); My Fair Lady (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Hard Times (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Les Misérables (Palace Theatre); the original cast of Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium); Guys and Dolls (National Theatre); the original cast of Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre); Cats (New London) and Fiddler on the Roof (London Palladium) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and High Society (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park).

    Regional work includes: Cinderella (Bristol Old Vic); Evita (Beirut); Guys and Dolls (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Grease (European and Scandinavian tour); The Adventures of Mr Toad (Watermill Theatre, Newbury); Pickwick (UK tour) and Watership Down and A Step in Time (Redgrave Theatre, Farnham).

     

  • Christine Tucker
    Nanny
    Cast
    Christine Tucker - Nanny

    Training: Bird College, graduating July 2015

    Credits whilst training include: Polly Baker in Crazy For You, Sandra in All Shook Up and Julie Jordan in Carousel.

    Theatre includes: Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre), Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (London Palladium) and Jemima Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium).

    Recordings: original cast recording of the 2006 London Palladium revival of The Sound Of Music

    Television and film includes: The Inbetweeners Movie and Rhonda in Hut -13 Disney.

     

  • Alexandra Waite-Roberts
    Swing
    Cast
    Alexandra Waite-Roberts - Swing

    Training: the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts (head girl) and the Doris Holford Stage School.

    Theatre credits include: understudied and played the role of Dale Tremont in Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre, London, and UK number-one tour); swing in Anything Goes (UK tour); Le Grand Macabre (dance captain – London Coliseum, ENO); Cinderella (dance captain, ensemble and cover Fairy Godmother – New Wimbledon Theatre), Cinderella (ensemble and cover Fairy Godmother – Bristol Hippodrome) and Peter Pan (New Wimbledon Theatre), all for First Family Entertainment; Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (RSC version for Sutton Theatres and Blue Star Productions); lead vocalist on Back to Broadway (UK tour); Four’s a Crowd (Platform Theatre Company); West End to Broadway (UK tour) and various title roles in pantomime for Bruce James Productions and Blue Star Productions.

    Other work includes: Strictly Come Dancing (BBC); The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV) and The Olivier Awards 2014 (ITV).

    Choreography: They’re Playing Our Song (Broadway Studio Theatre) and various in-house productions at the Doris Holford Stage School, where she also teaches.

    Recordings: original London cast recording of Top Hat, and a concept album of Jason and the Argonauts (Kenneth Wax).

    Alexandra would like to thank her friends and family for their ongoing support, and is delighted to be a part of Mary Poppins!

  • Wreh-Asha Walton
    Mrs Corry
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    Wreh-Asha Walton - Mrs Corry

    Wreh-asha, a singer, songwriter, actress, starred in The Lion King while writing and releasing retro soul EP ‘Classic’. As an independent artist, Wreh-asha has made an impact with regular BBC Radio airplay, as well as performances at noted festivals and venues including Glastonbury and The Jazz Cafe. Having co-produced ‘Crash’ with Drew Horley (Estelle, Wu-Tang Clan) and co-directed/performed in a music video for the release, Wreh-asha also featured in music documentary ‘God Save The Queen’ alongside Motown legend Martha Reeves (Nick Donnelly/Urban Kingdom). Wreh-asha returned to theatre in 2014 with the UK tour of Avenue Q.

    Theatre credits include: Gary Coleman understudy and ensemble in Avenue Q (UK tour); Shenzi and Sarabi understudy and ensemble performer in The Lion King (Disney/West End); Nina Simone in Nina and Shaz (Laura McCluskey/The Brockley Jack Theatre); Mary Prince and ensemble in Nobody Knows (Mervyn Weir/UK tour) and Maddy in Booty Call (Segun Lee-French/UK tour).

    TV and film credits include: JuJu in Devil Makes Work (Guy Soulsby/Park Village); featured actress in Littlewoods Christmas (Very.com advertisement) featured actress in Worth Talking About (NHS advertisement); The Alan Titchmarsh Show with the cast of The Lion King (ITV) and The Olivier Awards with the cast of The Lion King.

    Workshops include: Bo and Ree, in Ettiene Sisters formerly Sisters 3 (Che Walker/Soho Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East respectively); Sonia in Lil Benny (Che Walker); A Village Without Lights (Stephen Luckie/Decibel); Wailer and Ensemble in Rita (Leah Chillery/Nottingham Playhouse & Eclipse)

    Radio credits include: Naomi in Reans Girls (BBC Radio drama).

    www.wreh-asha.com

     

  • Scott Waugh
    Messenger Boy
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    Scott Waugh - Messenger Boy

    Scott trained at Guildford School of Acting (BA (hons) in Musical Theatre), graduating in 2013, and preparatory/musical theatre course at the Dance School of Scotland.

    Theatre credits include: Richie Cunningham in Happy Days (UK tour).

    Credits whilst training include: Rory/ensemble in Footloose, soloist in And the World Goes ‘Round, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, stage manager/ensemble/dance captain in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Jock in Water Babies and ensemble in Sweet Charity.

    Scott is delighted to be joining the cast of Mary Poppins and would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support.

     

Creatives

  • P L Travers
    Author
    Cast
    P L Travers - Author

    Pamela Lyndon Travers was born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, on 9 August 1899, in a residence over the Australian Joint Stock Bank, of which her father was branch manager. Her father died when she was seven years old, and the bereaved family moved to Bowral, in New South Wales.

    In 1907, Lyndon went to live with an aunt in Sydney, where she attended high school. Reading Shakespeare and taking part in school theatricals led to a passion for theatre-going and a longing to act. Her aunt and mother resisted this ambition (it was considered too risqué); but, in her 20s, after a spell as a secretary with the Australian Gas Light Company, Lyndon joined a travelling theatre group, taking a stage name by which she would be known for the rest of her life.

    She chose ‘Pamela’ because she thought it pretty and actress-like; kept her own name, ‘Lyndon’, with its Irish associations; and, for a surname, took ‘Travers’, the first name of her late father.

    While touring in Australia and New Zealand, Pamela began publishing poems, articles and stories. A career in journalism eventually led her out of the theatre, although her love of drama – and especially dance – never left her.

    It was as a journalist that she travelled to London in 1926, leaving Australia forever. In later life, Travers did not admit to being Australian, preferring to identify with what she saw as her “true home beyond the Irish Sea”, although something of the mysterious Dreamtime of her native land is discernible in her writings.

    Making the first of many pilgrimages to Ireland, she became a friend and protégé of George William Russell, editor of The Irish Statesman, who published her poems and introduced her to the Russian thinker Gurdjieff, whose philosophy became a significant influence.

    It was in 1934, while living in Pound Cottage in Mayfield, Sussex, that she wrote the book that was to make her famous. In publishing Mary Poppins, the first of six books of stories about an enigmatic nanny and the Banks family, Pamela used only her initials, hiding her gender to avoid being dismissed as an archetypal female author of children’s books.

    Travers did not think of them as such. They contained universal themes, and Mary Poppins was in one person a pretty young woman, a nurturing mother, and a wise old woman. Plain looking and plain speaking, Mary Poppins permits neither disorder nor disharmony in her nursery; but she is also a magician, whisking the children into a world of fantasy and misrule, presided over by her mystical friends and relations.

    “If you are looking for autobiographical facts,” Pamela once said, “Mary Poppins is the story of my life.” Indeed, much in the books was inspired by memories from her Australian childhood, such as the family maid who had a parrot-headed umbrella, while a strange little storekeeper in Bowral with two towering daughters would become Mrs Corry, the ancient vendor of curious, magical sweets.

    During the war, Travers worked in America for the Office of War Information, at a time when Hollywood was beginning to show an interest in filming Mary Poppins. Samuel Goldwyn and MGM pursued the property, but it was finally Walt Disney who tenaciously courted Pamela for nearly 20 years until she eventually agreed to his proposals.

    Although some aspects of the film did not satisfy her exacting standards for her beloved character, she adored Julie Andrews, the financial arrangements gave her security, and the film continued to reintroduce her literary character to generation after generation.

    Although famous as the author of the Mary Poppins stories, Travers wrote a number of other adult books, including The Fox at the Manger, a fable in which the newborn Christ-child receives, from a foxy visitor to the stable, the gift of cunning; Friend Monkey, a novel (her best, she always thought) inspired by the character of Hanuman, the monkey god of Hindu mythology; and About the Sleeping Beauty, in honour of her favourite fairy tale (and the one in which, as a pantomime, she had made her professional debut as a dancer, a lifetime and half a world away).

    Pamela remained fascinated by myth and fairy tales and travelled widely, living for a time with the Navajo Indians. She was a regular contributor to the magazine Parabola: the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (later collected in a volume entitled What the Bee Knows).

    In 1977 she was awarded the OBE and, in 1978, was delighted to be given an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From then on she called herself ‘Dr Travers’, a form which pleased her Poppins-like vanity. She also universally answered to ‘Mrs Travers’, for, although unmarried, in 1939 she had adopted a child, Camillus, from an Irish family, and raised him as her own. She had three grandchildren.

    In 1993 she met Cameron Mackintosh, and the two liked one another enormously. Cameron Mackintosh had given her a cherry tree, and she felt that she had found someone she could entrust with the rights to produce a stage musical version of Mary Poppins that would respect her original work. She was by that time very frail, and died on 23 April 1996, before her dream of a stage show could be realised.

    She lives on, however, through her spit-spot, no-nonsense, practically perfect nanny: on the page, on film, and now on the stage – working strange, memorable magic and dispensing, in equal measure, wisdom and love.

    The cherry tree Cameron Mackintosh gave her flourishes in the garden of a friend.

  • Cameron Mackintosh
    Producer and Co-creator
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    Cameron Mackintosh - Producer and Co-creator

    For nearly 50 years Cameron Mackintosh has been producing more musicals than anyone else in history, including the three longest-running musicals of all time, LES MISÉRABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and CATS, which are still running extraordinarily successfully across the world. Uniquely, Cameron, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of LES MISÉRABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and MISS SAIGON, has mounted new versions of the shows which are now proving as successful as the originals.

    His spectacular new production of MISS SAIGON, which was the fourth of his hits, having finished its hugely successful run at London’s Prince Edward Theatre will open on Broadway in 2017 and soon is to open in Germany as well. As well as this new hugely successful UK national tour, MARY POPPINS continues to disperse her magic globally with productions soon to open in Germany, France, Spain, Japan and Korea. As well as original musicals, Cameron enjoys producing new versions of such classics as My Fair Lady and Oliver! – which continue to be enjoyed by new generations.

    Other musicals he has created include: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, MARTIN GUERRE, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, BETTY BLUE EYES, a re-imagined production of BARNUM and a new version of HALF A SIXPENCE due to open at the Chichester Festival Theatre this summer. He also produced the most successful production ever of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary FOLLIES in London. LES MISÉRABLES remains the longest-running musical in the world and the original is now going into its 31st year in London. His new production has opened to huge success on Broadway, in Australia and opens this month in Singapore. His spectacular new version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is also currently touring North America.

    Over the next three years he has over 30 new productions of his musicals due to open around the world. In 2013 Cameron, in conjunction with Working Title Films and Universal, produced his first hugely successful musical film, the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning Les Misérables. He is currently working on film versions of OLIVER! and MISS SAIGON with Working Title.

    Cameron owns eight historic theatres in London’s West End , seven of which – the Prince of Wales, Gielgud, Queen’s, Wyndham’s, Noël Coward, Novello and Prince Edward, have undergone spectacular refurbishment, giving him the opportunity to indulge his passion for architecture and the restoration of old buildings. His recent acquisition of the Victoria Palace Theatre is due to have a major refurbishment and expansion of facilities planned for the autumn of 2016. Cameron is going to acquire another theatre, the Ambassadors, and, subject to planning permission, rebuild its’ interior as a state of the art transfer house for subsidized theatre productions and it will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre.

    He is also the co-owner of Music Theatre International, the world’s largest owner of secondary rights of the greatest musicals. Some of Cameron’s awards include the following: In 1995 his company received The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement and he was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to British theatre. In 2006 he received the National Enjoy England Award for Excellence for his Outstanding Contribution to Tourism and he has recently been the first British producer elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame on Broadway.

  • Thomas Schumacher
    Producer and President, Disney Theatrical Group
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    Thomas Schumacher - Producer and President, Disney Theatrical Group

    Thomas Schumacher was intensely passionate about theatre from an early age. Before coming to Disney in 1988, he spent time at the Mark Taper Forum, the Los Angeles Ballet, the Olympic Arts Festival and the LA Festival of the Arts where he presented the American premiere of Cirque du Soleil and the English-language premiere of Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata.

    His Broadway and West End credits include King David; The Lion King; Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida; TARZAN®;Mary Poppins, in a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh; The Little Mermaid; Peter and the Starcatcher; Newsies; Shakespeare in Love, in partnership with Sonia Friedman; and his newest Broadway hit, Aladdin.  On tour and internationally, he produced On The Record, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and High School Musical.

    Also for Disney, he oversaw some 21 animated features including The Lion King, Rescuers Down Under, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

    Mr. Schumacher is the author of the book “How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theater” as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for BC/EFA, the Tony® Administration Committee, the Actors Fund Board and the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing.  He is a mentor for the TDF Open Doors program and serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

  • Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
    Original Music and Lyrics
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    Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman - Original Music and Lyrics

    The Sherman Brothers’ career as leading composer/lyricists in family entertainment spans almost 50 years and includes two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, Best Score and Best Song for ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’. Already famous throughout the world for their songs and films, the work of the brothers Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman is currently enjoying a fresh chapter of success in musical theatre. The brothers composed several brand-new songs for the stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which opened in the West End in 2002, going on to become the longest-running musical ever to play the London Palladium. Following its acclaimed Broadway run, it enjoyed a long and successful UK tour, a nationwide tour of the United States and a tour of Australia. The stage production of Mary Poppins, co-produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened to huge critical acclaim in London at the end of 2004, immediately winning two coveted Olivier Awards and playing to packed houses, while the Broadway production enjoyed a six-year run and further tours and other productions are planned throughout the world. In summer 2013, The Jungle Book, another huge Shermans/Disney favourite, was brought to life onstage at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

    The Sherman Brothers gained recognition in popular music with several top-ten hits – among them ‘You’re Sixteen’, ‘Let’s Get Together’ and ‘Tall Paul’. 1960 marked the start of a phenomenal ten-year association with Walt Disney, during which time they composed over 150 songs for his films, TV shows, Disneyland and other theme parks. Their Disney credits include the films The Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Sword in the Stone, The Aristocats, The Happiest Millionaire, theWinnie the Pooh series and, of course, Mary Poppins. They also wrote the most translated and performed song on earth, ‘It’s a Small World (After All)’.

    They went on to compose song scores for Snoopy Come Home, Charlotte’s Web, the Broadway hit musical Over Here! and the ‘fantasmagorical’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – with its Oscar-nominated title song.

    The Sherman Brothers created screenplays and song scores for Tom Sawyer (their music won First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival), Huckleberry Finn, the 1976 Royal Film Performance The Slipper and the Rose (with co-author Bryan Forbes) and The Magic of Lassie, which also earned them their ninth Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

    More recent credits include: the book Walt’s Time, a wonderful autobiographical and pictorial journey through their songwriting years; the Disney hit animated feature The Tigger Movie; the stage musical Busker Alley, starring Tommy Tune in the United States, and Beverly Hills Cop 3.

    In addition to their Oscars, other honours awarded to the Sherman Brothers include: three Grammys, 24 Gold and Platinum Albums, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Robert Sherman died peacefully in London in March 2012.

  • Julian Fellowes
    Book
    Cast
    Julian Fellowes - Book

    Julian Fellowes was catapulted into Hollywood’s A-list of writers when he received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Gosford Park (2002), his first produced film. His work was also honored by the Writers Guild of America, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Screenplay.

    As creator, sole writer and executive producer of the smash-hit series Downton Abbey, Fellowes has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards. He received Emmy Awards for Writing and Outstanding Miniseries or Movie in the first season.

    In 2005, Fellowes made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Separate Lies, and received the Best Directorial Debut Award from the National Board of Review. His second feature as both writer and director was From Time to Time, starring Maggie Smith, which won Best Picture at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival and the Fiuggi Family Festival in Rome.

    Other writing credits for film include: Romeo and Juliet (2013), The Tourist (2010), The Young Victoria (2009), Vanity Fair (2004) and Piccadilly Jim (2004); and, for television, the four-hour mini-series Titanic (2012) and the upcoming three-part drama Doctor Thorne. He also wrote the book for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – the Musical, which premieres on Broadway in December 2015.

    Fellowes has authored two novels: the international bestseller Snobs (2005) and Past Imperfect (2008/2009), and the children’s book The Curious Adventures of the Abandoned Toys (2007).

    Educated at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire and Magdalene College, Cambridge, Fellowes studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He completed his training in repertory theatre at Northampton and Harrogate before making his West End debut in A Touch of Spring.

    Prior to his writing and directing career, Fellowes was known for his portrayal of the incorrigible Lord Kilwillie in the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen.

    Other acting credits include: the BBC’s For the Greater Good and Aristocrats; and, for film, Shadowlands, Damage, Place Vendôme and Tomorrow Never Dies.

    In January 2011, Fellowes was given a peerage and entered the House of Lords as the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford.

    Fellowes lives with his wife, Emma, and their son, Peregrine, in London and Dorset, England.

  • George StilesAnthony Drewe
    New Songs and Additional Music, Dance and Vocal ArrangementsNew Songs and Additional Lyrics
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    George Stiles - New Songs and Additional Music, Dance and Vocal Arrangements

    Stiles and Drewe are a multi award-winning musical theatre writing partnership. They have written the scores for the Olivier Award nominated BETTY BLUE EYES, SOHO CINDERSHONK!JUST SOPETER PAN – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, TUTANKHAMUN. Since winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, HONK! has been seen by more than 6 million people all over the world in over 8,000 productions in more than 20 languages.

    Current projects include WIND IN THE WILLOWS with Julian Fellowes for the West End, a new adaptation of Graham Greene’s TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT with Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, and a new version of HALF A SIXPENCE for Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre. All three will have their UK premieres in 2016. In development they have SOAPDISH for Broadway, and a new project with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

    Stiles and Drewe have also completed a trilogy of 50-minute musicals for younger audiences, GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF and THREE LITTLE PIGS, which recently enjoyed a run at London’s Palace Theatre.

    Independently, George composed the musicals MOLL FLANDERS, THE THREE MUSKETEERS and TOM JONES, and the music for Sam Mendes’ productions of TWELFTH NIGHT and UNCLE VANYA.  His 2007 score for TROILUS AND CRESSIDA at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre was nominated for a Jefferson Award.

    Anthony has written lyrics for the musicals THE CARD and A TWIST OF FATE. As a director Anthony’s work includes SNOOPY (Watermill Theatre), HONK! (South Africa, Chicago, Tokyo and Singapore), JUST SO (North Shore Music Theatre, Massachusetts and Chichester Festival Theatre), THE THING ABOUT MEN (London’s King’s Head Theatre) YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Tabard Theatre) and THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (Singapore and London’s Palace Theatre), GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS and THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF (Singapore).

    Stiles and Drewe have written two revues, and have contributed songs to a variety of theatre, TV and radio shows including the RSC’s SHAKESPEARE REVUE, the National Theatre’s CHAIN PLAY and Dame Edna Everage’s LOOK AT ME WHEN I’M TALKING TO YOU.

    Stiles and Drewe’s many awards include: The Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (Honk!), three of the top prizes at the International Musical of the Year Awards for Peter Pan and The Three Musketeers, the TMA Best Musical Award (Moll Flanders), The Straits Times Award for Best Musical (A Twist of Fate), the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize (Just So). Mary Poppins has won 45 major theatre awards around the globe including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard Awards.

    Stiles and Drewe recognise new musical theatre writing via the annual Stiles and Drewe Prize for Best New Song, now in its 9th year, and in 2016 launched their new Mentorship Award supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). They are also founding board members of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD).

    www.stilesanddrewe.com   @stilesanddrewe

     

  • Richard Eyre
    Director
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    Richard Eyre - Director

    Theatre includes: Hamlet, Kafka’s Dick and Edmond (Royal Court); Comedians, Guys and Dolls, The Beggar’s Opera, The Government Inspector, The Changeling, The Voysey Inheritance, Racing Demon, Richard III, The Night of the Iguana, White Chameleon, Skylight, Napoli Milionaria, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Absence of War, John Gabriel Borkman, Amy’s View, King Lear, The Invention of Love, Vincent in Brixton, The Reporter, The Observer, Welcome to Thebes and Liolà(National Theatre); The Crucible(Broadway); Mary Poppins (West End/Broadway); Private Lives (West End/Broadway); A Flea in Her Ear (Old Vic); The Last of the Duchess and Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead Theatre); The Judas Kiss and Quartermaine’s Terms (West End); The Last Cigarette and The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End); Betty Blue Eyes and Stephen Ward (West End); his own adaptations of Ghosts (Almeida, West End and BAM), Les Mains sales and Hedda Gabler (Almeida and West End) and The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida).

    Opera includes: La traviata (ROH); Le nozze di Figaro (Aix-en-Provence); Manon Lescaut (Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden) and Carmen, Werther and Le nozze di Figaro (Metropolitan Opera).

    TV includes: The Imitation Game, The Insurance Man, Country, Tumbledown, Suddenly Last Summer, Changing Stages, Henry IV parts I and II, and The Dresser.

    Film includes: The Ploughman’s Lunch, Iris, Stage Beauty, Notes on a Scandal and The Other Man.

    Books include: Utopia and Other Places, a memoir; National Service, a journal of his time at the National Theatre; Talking Theatre, conversations with theatre people; and What Do I Know?, a collection of essays and journalism, was published in 2014. He was Director of the National Theatre from 1988–1997 and has received numerous awards. He was knighted in 1997 and was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011.

  • Matthew Bourne OBE
    Co-director and Choreographer
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    Matthew Bourne OBE - Co-director and Choreographer

    Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director. Matthew is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

    Matthew started his dance training at the comparatively late age of 22. He danced professionally for 14 years creating many roles in his own work. As Artistic Director of his first company, Adventures in Motion Pictures from 1987 until 2002 Matthew created many award winning works. Further hit productions were created when New Adventures was launched in 2002, becoming the UK’s busiest and most successful dance company and the major exporter of British dance across the world.

    In 2008 he established his charity Re:Bourne to increase opportunities that inspire young people with a passion for dance and in 2010 created the New Adventures Choreographer Award to showcase the talents of emerging choreographers.

    Matthew is a Companion of his former college, Trinity Laban and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. He has five Honorary Doctorates from The Open University, and the Universities of De Montfort, Plymouth, Kingston and Roehampton. He is a proud patron of many organisations including The Arts Educational School, Laine Theatre Arts, CREATE and Shoreditch Youth Dance. In 2013 he was awarded the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards.

    Matthew is also a West End and Broadway choreographer; a more than 20 year relationship with producer, Cameron Mackintosh, has resulted in the globally successful musicals Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and Oliver!

    Matthew was knighted in the 2016 New Years honours for his services to dance.

     

  • Stephen Mear
    Co-choreographer
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    Stephen Mear - Co-choreographer

    Stephen is associate choreographer for Chichester Festival Theatre and has choreographed the following shows: Mack and Mabel (and UK tour, 2015), Gypsy (and Savoy Theatre, 2015), Amadeus, The Pajama Game (and Shaftesbury Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (and the Old Vic – Olivier Award nomination for Best Choreography), The Grapes of Wrath, The Music Man, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Putting It Together, Just So (and North Shore Music Theatre, USA), Funny Girl and director/choreographer for She Loves Me (all at CFT).

    Further Theatre credits include: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK tour); Singin’ in the Rain (Châtelet, Paris); City of Angels and The Vote (Donmar Warehouse); Die Fledermaus (Met Opera, NY); Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre); co-choreographer with Matthew Bourne on Mary Poppins (London, Broadway and world tours – Olivier Award for Best Choreography, Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations for Best Choreography and LA Drama Critics Award for Best Choreography); Anything Goes(National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Choreography); Crazy for You (Regent’s Park and Novello Theatre – Olivier nomination for Best Choreography); Singin’ in the Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse and National Theatre – Olivier nomination for Best Choreography); Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Haymarket – Oliver nomination for Best Choreography); Sinatra (London Palladium and UK tour – Olivier nomination for Best Choreography); Soul Train (West End and UK tour – Olivier nomination for Best Choreography); Acorn Antiques – the Musical! (Theatre Royal Haymarket); The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre); Shoes (director/choreographer – Sadler’s Wells and Peacock Theatre); On the Town (English National Opera); Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); The Little Mermaid (Broadway) and Ragtime and Dreamgirls (Milwaukee Repertory Theater).

  • James Powell
    Tour Director
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    James Powell - Tour Director

    James was an actor for twelve years and was appearing in Les Misérables at London’s Palace Theatre, when he was asked to take over the position of resident director in 1996. Since that time, he has worked on a variety of productions and, during that time, he was staff director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, assisting Jude Kelly on a number of projects including the Olivier Award-winning Singin’ in the Rain, which transferred from Leeds to the Royal National Theatre in London. On returning to London, he joined Cameron Mackintosh’s production of The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as resident director. He then went to Melbourne, Australia, to direct its first foreign production for Jacobsen Entertainment. James returned from Australia to take on the position of associate director on Les Misérables and oversaw the show’s move from its home of many years, the Palace Theatre, to the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. He was also invited to direct a concert version of the show in Scandinavia and a full-scale production in Berlin. 2009 saw James working on Cameron’s brand-new production of Les Misérables, which opened in Cardiff and toured the UK, and which celebrates the 25th anniversary of a show he was involved in originally as an actor and is now part of a new creative team. Whilst maintaining his position as associate director on Les Misérables, James also worked on Cameron’s new presentation – Mary Poppins – originally in Bristol and then in London’s West End and on Broadway. In June 2008, he directed the UK tour of Mary Poppins, and has since directed the production in Holland. James was delighted to renew his association with the Jacobsen Entertainment Group when they asked him to direct their production of Dirty Dancing in London’s West End, a partnership that has seen him direct the show in Toronto, Utrecht, Chicago, US tour and Berlin. In 2010, James directed the Australian production of Mary Poppins, where it opened to great success in Melbourne, followed by further co-directing Les Misérables in London, at the Barbican, a tour in the UK, a production in Madrid and on tour in the United States – culminating in the 25th anniversary concert of Les Misérables at the O2 Arena.  In 2011, James worked on moving Mary Poppins to Sydney and, later in the year, he co-directed the international arena tour of Batman, which opened in Manchester and moved to London and onward internationally. Over the last two years, James has worked on Les Misérables in Spain, the US, Australia, Japan and Canada. He did manage to fit in directing a production of Half a Sixpence at his old alma mater at Mountview Drama School in London. James recently co-directed the new production of Les Misérables on Broadway and then travelled to Australia to again work on Les Misérables. He has recently directed the new production of Dirty Dancing in the US, which will tour prior to Broadway.

  • Geoffrey Garratt
    Associate Choreographer & Additional Choreography Adaptation
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    Geoffrey Garratt - Associate Choreographer & Additional Choreography Adaptation

    Geoffrey trained at the Bird College of Performing Arts. He has worked extensively in Musical Theatre both as a performer and as a choreographer. As a performer, Geoffrey has appeared in Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Matador, Mr Cinders, Martin Guerre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Oliver! and numerous appearances in West End Galas, Royal Variety Performances and the Laurence Olivier Awards.

    Geoff’s most recent work includes Additional Choreography for the current West End hit revival of Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre) and Musical Staging for the current Broadway revival of Les Misérables (Imperial Theatre, New York) which opened in Toronto. Geoff has subsequently worked on further productions of Les Misérables in Australia, Japan and Korea. Geoff has worked on Mary Poppins since the original production in London’s West End, and subsequently in the USA (both on Broadway and the national tour), Holland, Australia, Mexico and in 2016 in Brazil. Similarly he has worked as Associate Choreographer on Oliver! – in the West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, on the UK national tour, the USA national tour, Holland, Australia and Toronto. And as additional choreographer for productions of Miss Saigon in Japan, Holland, Australia, Korea, Brazil and the UK Tour. Other Associate Choreography credits include The Witches of Eastwick (West End and Australia) and Betty Blue Eyes (West End).

    Choreographic credits also include: The Witches of Eastwick (UK Tour), Jack and the Beanstalk (Barbican), Encore! Mr Producer and Hey! Mr Producer (Jean Ann Ryan Productions USA), Blues in the Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Fascinating Aida (UK Tour, London), Little Shop of Horrors (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Jack and the Beanstalk (Opera House, Belfast). He was assistant to Matthew Bourne on South Pacific (National Theatre) and dance captain for Martin Guerre and Cats in the West End.

    Television includes: Children in Need, Blue Peter, This Morning and celebrations for The Queen’s 80th Birthday. Geoff was also featured on I’d Do Anything for the BBC.

    Film: The Other Man directed by Richard Eyre.

  • Bob Crowley
    Scenic and Costume Designer
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    Bob Crowley - Scenic and Costume Designer

    Recent productions: Skylight (Wyndham’s Theatre, London); Aladdin (Disney – Toronto and Broadway); The Glass Menagerie (American Rep Theatre, USA, and Broadway); The Audience (Gielgud Theatre & Apollo Theatre); Once (London); People (National Theatre); The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida); Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Netherlands, Russia) and Once (Broadway – Tony Award).

    He has designed numerous productions for the National Theatre including, most recently: Travelling Light, Collaborators, King James Bible,and Juno and the Paycock (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane and Fram (which he also co-directed with Tony Harrison); The History Boys (Broadway – Tony Award); His Girl Friday and Mourning Becomes Electra; plus more than 25 productions for the RSC, including: Les Liaisons Dangereuses andThe Plantagenets (Olivier Award).

    For the Donmar Warehouse: Into the Woods and Orpheus Descending.

    Other credits includes: Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre, UK tour and Broadway – Tony Award); Disney’s Aida (Broadway – Tony Award); Disney’s Tarzan,which he also directed (Broadway, Germany and the Netherlands); The Year of Magical Thinking (Broadway and NT); The Coast of Utopia (New York – Tony Award); Carousel (New York – Tony Award); The Seagull (Public Theater, New York); Paul Simon’s The Capeman;Sweet Smell of Success and An American in Paris (Châtelet and Broadway).

    Opera and dance includes: The Winter’s Tale, Alice in Wonderland (ROH and Canadian Ballet); Don Carlos (MET, NY); Pavane and Anastasia (Royal Ballet); La traviata (ROH) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Châtelet).

    Film includes: Othello, Tales of Hollywood, starring Jeremy Irons and Alec Guinness; Suddenly Last Summer, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Maggie Smith for the BBC; plus costume design for the film of The Crucible, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.

    He is the recipient of the Royal Designer for Industry Award and Robert L B Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards in New York.

  • Natasha Katz
    Lighting Designer
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    Natasha Katz - Lighting Designer

    Natasha Katz has designed extensively for the theatre, opera and dance. She is thrilled to be designing Mary Poppins in the UK, after having designed the show throughout the world. She is a five time Tony award winner, including this year’s Tony for An American in Paris.

    Recent Broadway credits include: Once (Tony Award), Skylight, Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award), Sister Act, Motown, Follies, Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award), A Chorus Line revival, Aida (Tony Award), Sweet Smell of Success and Beauty and the Beast. She recently designed the lighting for Skylight on the West End and A Winter’s Tale and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Ballet, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

    Her work with Ballet and Opera companies, include: The Royal Ballet in London, American Ballet Theatre, NY City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Metropolitan Opera and The NY City Opera. She has designed concert acts for Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret and Tommy Tune. Her varied career has led her to design lighting for all aspects of entertainment including Off Broadway, regional theaters, dance and opera companies, concerts, international theatres, Las Vegas, some TV and permanent lighting installations.

  • Paul Groothuis
    Sound Designer
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    Paul Groothuis - Sound Designer

    Born in Holland, and originally trained as a fine mechanical instrument-maker, Paul studied stage management at Central School of Speech and Drama, leaving in 1981. Having spent six months touring with a David Wood play called The Ideal Gnome Expedition, Paul spent four years working in a recording studio, working his way up from tape operator to resident engineer. He joined the National Theatre sound department in 1984 where, in the following 17 years, he designed the sound for over 120 productions in its three auditoria. Leaving in 2001 to pursue a freelance career, he has been lucky enough to work in all genres of performing arts, equally enjoying plays, musicals and dance.

    Credits include: Anything Goes (NT and Drury Lane); His Dark Materials, Edmond, Henry V, The Coast of Utopia, My Fair Lady (NT and Drury Lane, UK and US tour); Hamlet (1987); The Oedipus Play, Summerfolk, The Merchant of Venice, The Rose Tattoo, Rafta, Rafta…, Candide, Oklahoma! (NT, Lyceum and Gershwin, New York); Oh What a Lovely War, A Little Night Music, Lady in the Dark, Guys and Dolls (NT); Sunday in the Park With George, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (NT); The King and I (London Palladium, UK tour); Endgame (Albery); Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Dorian Gray, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands, Highland Fling, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Carousel (NT, West End and Tokyo); Oliver! (Palladium, Drury Lane and UK tour); Mary Poppins (UK, Holland and USA tour); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Marguerite (West End and Tokyo); The House of Bernarda Alba, Buried Child, Henry IV parts I and II, Acorn Antiques – the Musical!, Hamlet (NT, 2011); All My Sons (NT and West End); The Cherry Orchard (2011); Children’s Hour, Flare Path, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Kiss Me, Kate, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2012 Chichester and West End); Loyalty, 55 Days, Chariots of Fire and Good People (Hampstead and West End); The Pajama Game (Chichester and West End); Private Lives and Neville’s Island (Chichester and West End); Stephen Ward (London); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End and UK tour); Amadeus, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Damsels in Distress, and Mack and Mabel (all in Chichester); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (West End), the Young Chekhov season (Chichester) and Mack and Mabel (UK tour).

    Future projects include: Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible) and Guys and Dolls (UK tour).

    Paul was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013 for his work on Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is creative associate with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company and associate (sound) for the Chichester Festival Theatre.

  • William David Brohn
    Orchestrator
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    William David Brohn - Orchestrator

    The orchestrations for Mary Poppins rank high on a list of commissions of Cameron Mackintosh for the work of William David Brohn, since the first Miss Saigon in 1989 (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). He has happily continued the role of orchestrator for 25 years, working on the productions of Oliver! in 1994 (London Palladium) and also 2008 (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); the original Mary Poppins (Prince Edward) in 2004; Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre) in 2011; Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre) in 2013 and now the current West End revival of Miss Saigon (Prince Edward, 2014).

    Other musicals he has orchestrated for the West End and Broadway include: Crazy for You, The Secret Garden, Martin Guerre, Hey, Mr Producer!, The Witches of Eastwick, Ragtime, Wicked,and Porgy and Bess, as well as the transfers from the Royal National Theatre of Carousel, Oklahoma! and, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, My Fair Lady. In the ballet, concert and symphonic realms he has enjoyed collaborations with singers Plácido Domingo and Marilyn Horne; choreographers Agnes de Mille, Kenneth MacMillan, Susan Stroman, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne; the violinist Joshua Bell, and conductors André Previn and John Williams.

  • Stephen Brooker
    Musical Supervisor
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    Stephen Brooker - Musical Supervisor

    Stephen was musical director and conductor for Universal Pictures’ film of Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

    He is currently musical supervisor of Miss Saigon (London and Tokyo); Les Misérables (London, New York, Tokyo and Sydney) and Mary Poppins (Vienna and UK tour). He was musical director of The Woman in White, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Lautrec, Cats, The Secret Garden and South Pacific.

    Musical supervision includes: Barnum (CFT and UK tour); Les Misérables (Toronto); Mary Poppins (Australia, London and UK tour); The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary performance (DVD); Betty Blue Eyes, Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert (O2 Arena); Oliver! (Londonand UK tour); My Fair Lady (USA and London); Les Misérables (New York revival, 2006); Cats, Hair, Miss Saigon, Carmen Jones, The Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Fame, Saturday Night Fever, Peter Pan and Chess. He was musical consultant for the Les Misérables 25th anniversarytour and conducted the Classical BRIT Awards (2011). Stephen was composer and conductor for the original production of Burn the Floor and has written and produced music for many corporate clients including: Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Ford Motors, Toyota Cars, Volvo Cars, Sony Ericsson, BMW, British Airways and Canon.

    Orchestral conducting includes: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Hamburg Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London and Manchester Concert Orchestras and the Ukraine Opera and Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the Royal Choral Society in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.

    Recordings include: Disney Film Classics and Crazy for Gershwin (BBC Concert Orchestra); studio recording of Hair; and cast recordings of The Secret Garden, The Woman in White and South Pacific. He was orchestrator and conductor for Walt Disney’s award-winning Animator’s Palate and Cinderellabration (Disneyland Tokyo). He produced the ‘live’ recording of Oliver!, starring Rowan Atkinson; the new recording of Les Misérables (2010) and the Dutch and Australian recordings of Mary Poppins. Stephen conductedLes Misérables at the Oscars – the 85th Academy Awards (2013) and recently composed the music for the Jaguar XE global car launch. www.stephenbrooker.co.uk

  • Ian Townsend
    Musical Director
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    Ian Townsend - Musical Director

    Ian was trained at Chetham’s School Of Music, Manchester and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He was the original Musical Director for the UK premieres of Jerry Herman’s Dear World and George Stiles’ The Three Musketeers. His musical direction credits at the National Theatre include the controversial award winners Jerry Springer the Opera and London Road. He has supervised international productions of Chicago in Stuttgart, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam. He was conductor and Musical Director of the London production and conducted the 10th Anniversary Gala performance at the Cambridge Theatre. As a pianist he has performed extensively throughout Europe, the Far East, and the USA, both as a soloist and chamber player. He made his London solo debut in 1997 at the Purcell Room.

    Theatre: Musical Supervision: Chicago (Paris, Stuttgart, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam). Musical Direction: Barnum (National Tour – Cameron Mackintosh/ Michael Harrison Entertainment), The Great Gatsby Musical (Workshop), That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Lost Musicals: Noel Coward’s Words And Music (Sadler’s Wells), Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre, UK Premiere), London Road (NT, Cottesloe and Olivier), The Three Musketeers (Rose Theatre Kingston, UK premiere),Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Chicago 10th Anniversary Gala (Cambridge Theatre), The Trumpet-Major (NT Studio), Jerry Springer the Opera (NT Lyttelton and Cambridge Theatre), Jumpers (NT Lyttelton), My One And Only (Piccadilly and Chichester Festival Theatre), Moonshadow-the Cat Stevens Musical (Workshop), Bad Girls-the Musical (Workshop, New Players), Anything Goes (NT Olivier), Lost Musicals: Du Barry Was A Lady (Her Majesty’s), Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse).

    Other credits include: Mary Poppins (Prince Edward), The Woman In White (Palace), The Full Monty (Prince of Wales), Kiss Me Kate (Victoria Palace), Fosse (Prince of Wales), Napoleon (Shaftesbury).

    Film: Piano Coach and Technical Adviser to Gary Oldman for Immortal Beloved, William McNamara for Something to Believe In (composer Lalo Schifrin), Ian Bannen for Taliesin Jones (aka Small Miracles) and Tim Roth for Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Legend Of 1900 (composer Ennio Morricone).

    Recordings: Valentine: Requiem (TER), London Road (Original Cast Recording), Jerry Springer the Opera (Sony, Original Cast Recording), Anything Goes (First Night, NT Cast Recording). www.iantownsend.net.

  • Steve Moss
    Associate Musical Director
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    Steve Moss - Associate Musical Director

    Steve went to Llandaff Cathedral School as a chorister in 1985, where he went on to be head chorister in 1990. Steve then gained a scholarship to study piano and clarinet at Wells Cathedral School, and completed his training at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2000.

    Theatre conducting credits: Les Miserables International Tour 2009/2010 (3rd MD); The Wizard of Oz, London Palladium 2011/2012 (3rd MD); Les Misérables, Queen’s Theatre, London 2012-current (Assistant conductor); Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre, London 2014-2016 (Assistant conductor).

    Other conducting credits include: The Bourne Orchestra (Musical Director); The Welsh Pops Orchestra (Associate Musical Director); Orchestrate (Musical Director).

    Steve has also performed in the following shows (clarinet): Miss Saigon (London); Les Misérables (London & UK tour); Evita (London); Funny Girl (Chichester); White Christmas (UK tours); Porgy & Bess (London); West Side Story (UK tour); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour); Sister Act (UK tour); The Wizard of Oz (London); War Horse (London); Privates on Parade (London); Mary Poppins (UK tour 2008/2009)

    Film/TV/Recordings include: The Wizard of Oz original cast album; Les Misérables 25th anniversary cast album; Miss Saigon original cast album 2014; The Heat Is Back On DVD (2015); The Imposter (2012); Dance Of The Steelbars (2013); The Monkey Eating Eagle Of The Orinoco (BBC2)

    www.stevenmoss.co.uk
  • Adrian Sarple
    Associate Director
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    Adrian Sarple - Associate Director

    As associate director: The Railway Children (King’s Cross, London); Mary Poppins (Vienna); Stephen Ward (Aldwych, London); Les Misérables 25th anniversary production (Broadway and Japan – current); The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary production (UK tour); Les Misérables (Queen’s, London); Mary Poppins (Australia, tour); Betty Blue Eyes (Novello, London); Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert at the O2; and ensemble and second assistant director on Les Misérables – movie (Universal and Working Title).

    As resident director: Les Misérables (Queen’s, London) and Mary Poppins (London and first UK tour). As children’s director: Mary Poppins (original company – Prince Edward, London). As a performer, credits include: for the National Theatre: Romeo and Juliet, Peer Gynt, The Villains’ Opera and Honk!.

    Other credits include: Crazy for You (Prince Edward) and the original companies of Martin Guerre (Prince Edward); Saturday Night Fever (Palladium) and Moby Dick (Piccadilly). He made his operatic debut to international acclaim, playing the spoken role of Puck in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Paul Curran (Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli), later revisiting the role for Lindsay Kemp at the Teatro di Livorno, Pisa and Lucca.

    He has directed and conducted workshops for the Wimbledon Studio Theatre, Urdang Academy, LSMT, Advanced Performers Studio, Guildford School of Acting and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

  • Rosalind Coombes
    Associate Designer
    Cast
    Rosalind Coombes - Associate Designer

    As associate designer with Tony Award winner Bob Crowley, Rosalind’s credits include: Aladdin (Broadway and Tokyo); The Little Mermaid (Holland, Moscow and Tokyo); Love Never Dies (West End); Mary Poppins (West End, Broadway, UK and US tour designer); along with Once (Broadway and West End); The Audience and Skylight (West End and Broadway); Tarzan, The Capeman and Sweet Smell of Success (Broadway); Amy’s View and The History Boys (NT, West End and Broadway) and Don Carlos and Alice (ROH).

    She was associate designer to Rob Howell on Ghost – the Musical in London and has also worked with acclaimed designers such as Paul Brown, John Napier, Ian MacNeil and Maria Björnson.

    Rosalind trained at Wimbledon School of Art and has lectured at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

  • Matt Kinley
    Associate Designer
    Cast
    Matt Kinley - Associate Designer

    Matt began his career working extensively as a freelance costume and prop-maker for stage, film and video at Robert Allsopp Associates before returning to study and subsequently graduate from the Motley theatre design course in 1994.

    During the 90’s he worked at the National Theatre, London, as designer, design associate and draughtsman on over 40 productions, including Jerry Springer – The Opera, The Coast of Utopia and My Fair Lady. Since leaving the National Theatre he has worked in commercial theatre as an associate designer on many shows including The Woman in White, My Fair Lady (UK and USA tours), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour), Les Misérables (Broadway and Holland), Equus (West End).

    As part of a long working partnership with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, Matt initially adapted the original staging for the new version of Mary Poppins, which has toured internationally since its inception in 2007.

    In 2009 he was invited to redesign Les Misérables for it’s 25th Anniversary production as a UK Tour. The success of the new production has seen many awards for it’s set design and subsequent productions across the world and recently opened in March 2014 on Broadway. Matt also designed the 25th Anniversary concert for the show at Londons O2 Arena in 2010.

    As part of The Phantom of the Opera’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, Matt designed the fully staged concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011.

    In 2013 after the recent death of the Adrian Vaux, Matt was invited to work with Totie Driver as a co-designer and redevelop Miss Saigon ahead of it’s London revival at the Prince Edward Theatre. The show’s success has recently seen it awarded with Best Set Design at the What’s on Stage awards in 2015.

    Matt continues to design for a variety of productions both abroad and in the UK, having recently completed a two part Phantom prequel in Tokyo, the London premier of Jerry Herman’s Dear World, The Man of La Mancha in Sao Paulo and Chaplin the Musical also in Sao Paulo and Rio. Matt is currently designing a concert to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Welsh Millennium Centre in Cardiff and a new production of Oliver! for Leicester Curve this Christmas.

  • Lone Schacksen
    Design Associate
    Cast
    Lone Schacksen - Design Associate

    Designs include An Audience with Jimmy Savile at the Park Theatre, Halcyon Days at the Riverside Studios, and All the Single Ladies, National Tour. Associate designs include Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK Tour/Cameron Mackintosh), Ghost the Musical (South Korea), Viva Forever (The Spice Girls Musical, West End), Dirty Dancing (London, Berlin and Holland), Butley (West End), Love Story (Chichester and West End), and Don Giovanni, (Valencia Opera house, directed by Jonathan Miller).

    Lone has been Assistant Designer on many productions, including Matilda (Australia), Marriage of Figaro (Metropolitan Opera New York), Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse), Doctor’s Dilemma (National Theatre), Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre), Ghost the Musical (Holland), Little Mermaid (Holland), La Boheme, (Welsh National Opera), Luise Miller, (Donmar Warehouse), Crazy For You, (Regent’s Park), Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Knot of the Heart, (Almeida Theatre), The Heretic, (Royal Court Theatre), and Me and My Girl, (Sheffield Crucible). She has worked for various designers, including Stephen Brimson Lewis, Peter McKintosh, Paul Brown, Rob Howell and Isabella Bywater.

    Lone completed a degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and subsequently trained at Motley Theatre Design Course.

  • Luke Halls
    Projection Realisation
    Cast
    Luke Halls - Projection Realisation

    Credits include: Otello (Metropolitan Opera); Hamlet (Barbican – Sonia Friedman); Man and Superman (National Theatre); The Nether, Miss Saigon and I Can’t Sing! – the X Factor Musical (West End); 2071 (Royal Court); Connectome (Royal Ballet); Król Roger and Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House); The Cunning Little Vixen (Danish Royal Opera); Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies; Pet Shop Boys – ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Pandemonium’, Batman Live, U2 – Innocence + Experience, 360 and Vertigo, Muse – Resistance, the Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang and George Michael – 25 Live (world tours); Pet Shop Boys – ‘Axis’ (music video); Robbie Williams – Take the Crown, Take That – Beautiful World and Genesis – Turn It on Again (European tours); Rihanna performances (Grammy and BRIT Awards); Pet Shop Boys performance (BRIT Awards); Elton John – The Million Dollar Piano (Las Vegas); U2 performance (Glastonbury); Nitin Sawhney (IMAX) and Louis Vuitton – SS15 and AW15 (fashion shows).

  • Simon Sherriff
    Associate Lighting Designer
    Cast
    Simon Sherriff - Associate Lighting Designer

    Simon started his career in stage lighting in 1992 at the Festival Theatre in Chichester, where he worked as a full-time electrician and projectionist for six years.

    After a brief period at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre as deputy electrician, Simon joined the UK touring production of Blood Brothers as chief electrician in 1998. Since then, he has worked on many UK and international tours as either chief or production electrician including: Whistle Down the Wind, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, We Will Rock You and Mary Poppins. Recently, he has worked on the European tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables in the UK, and also residencies in Madrid and Barcelona.

    As lighting programmer, Simon has worked on Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon at the Beatrix Theater in Holland, and also in Japan at the Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, and for a Japanese tour.

    Other recent programming credits include: the UK and European tours of We Will Rock You.

    Lighting design credits include: Little Shop of Horrors and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for Jersey Opera House Ltd; and Cinderella (2013), followed by Dick Whittington (2014), at the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre for First Family Entertainment. More recently, Simon co-designed the lighting for the UK tour of Barnum. Simon was the associate lighting designer for the UK tour of Oliver!, and has recently worked in South Korea, Japan, Spain and Australia as the UK associate lighting designer and programmer for the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables.

    Outside of theatre, Simon has a keen interest in aviation, and holds a national private pilot licence.

  • Ed Clarke
    Associate Sound Designer
    Cast
    Ed Clarke - Associate Sound Designer

    Previous work includes: Orpheus (Salzburg Festival); Infidel (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and The Realness (Hackney Downs Studios); Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Young Vic, London and Abron’s Theatre, New York); Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein (Olivier, National Theatre – Olivier Award nomination 2012); Backbeat (Duke of York’s Theatre); The Mysteries and The Good Hope (Cottesloe, National Theatre); The Railway Children (Waterloo International Station and Roundhouse Theatre Toronto – Olivier Award nomination 2011); Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Phoenix and Babylon (Big House Theatre); One Hour Eighteen Minutes (Sputnik Theatre); Fear (Bush Theatre); His Teeth (Only Connect Theatre); The Wiz (Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Baby Doll (Albery Theatre); Alex (Arts Theatre, UK and international tour); Happy Now? (Hull Truck Theatre); Old Times and A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse); Bad Man Christmas (HMP Wormwood Scrubs); The Wizard of Oz and Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker (Royal Festival Hall); Singular Sensations (Haymarket Theatre); Twelfth Night and A Slice of Saturday Night (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Treasure Island, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Kindertotenlieder, Then Again, Angela Carter’s Cinderella, Cause Célèbre, Mrs Warren’s Profession and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and Moti Roti, Puttli Chunni,Running Dream and Mike Leigh’s It’s a Great Big Shame (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

    As associate sound designer: The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre); All That Fall (59E59 Theaters, New York); Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures (UK tour) and Dorian Gray (Orchard Theatre, Tokyo); My Fair Lady (UK and US national tours); Acorn Antiques – the Musical! (UK national tour); The Witches (UK national tour); Return to the Forbidden Planet (UK national tour) and Soul Train (UK tour).

    Ed also tours regularly with Van der Graaf Generator, and has previously toured with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Blue Man Group, the John Tams Band, Evelyn Glennie and Talvin Singh.

  • Christine Rowland
    Associate Costume Designer
    Cast
    Christine Rowland - Associate Costume Designer

    Christine Rowland has worked in both subsidised and commercial theatre. She was resident costume supervisor at the National Theatre for several years and head of costume at the RSC.

    Work for Cameron Mackintosh includes: Carousel (London, New York and Japan); Oliver! (London, Toronto and Sydney); The Witches of Eastwick (London and Melbourne); My Fair Lady (London and USA tour); Mary Poppins (London, New York, USA tour, Holland, Australia and Vienna); Les Misérables 25th anniversary production (USA and UK tours, O2 concert, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Canada and New York) and Betty Blue Eyes (London).

    Other musicals include: The Secret Garden (RSC, London); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London and New York) and Gypsy (New York).

  • Angela Cobbin Mbe
    Wig Creator
    Cast
    Angela Cobbin Mbe - Wig Creator

    Angela’s extensive career includes: Madame Tussauds, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Royal National Theatre, where productions include: Guys and Dolls, Richard III and The Madness of George III; Royal Shakespeare Theatre: The Seagull and The Beckets; London’s West End: The Iceman Cometh, Lulu, Ivanov, Orpheus Descending, To the Green Fields Beyond, The Graduate, Chicago, Lenny, Jesus Christ Superstar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Ragtime; for Cameron Mackintosh: The Witches of Eastwick, Mary Poppins (London, New York and Holland, plus tours); Betty Blue Eyes, Les Misérables, Oliver! (tour), The Phantom of the Opera (UK and US tours); Almeida: Ibsen’s Ghosts; Bregenz Festival: Fidelio, and Porgy and Bess. Films: Saint Ex and Clandestine Marriage. TV: Spitting Image, Bramwell and Dylan Thomas: Return Journey.

    “Best wig I’ve ever seen” -Barry Humphries.

  • Nick Evans
    Resident Director
    Cast
    Nick Evans - Resident Director

    After graduating from the University of Warwick and Central School of Speech and Drama, Nick has undertaken a range of roles, including television presenting for the BBC, and work with the Steel Wasp Theatre Company, of which he was a co-founder.

    As associate director of Billy Elliot – the Musical in London, he directed no less than 15 Billy Elliots into the show….all of whom taught him a great deal! He also worked for Billy on a range of media projects, including the BBC celebration of Bruce Forsyth’s 80th Birthday and the ITV celebration of 60 Years of the BAFTA Awards. He also took four ‘Billys’ to Downing Street, co-ordinated the staging of the fifth birthday gala performance of the show, and directed the first two years of the groundbreaking Billy Elliot Youth Theatre project.

    Nick was associate director of Rock of Ages (London) and, again as associate, was involved in the creation and staging of the world arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which opened at the O2 Arena and then toured the UK and Australia. Most recently, he acted as resident director for the international tour of Mamma Mia!.

    Nick has enjoyed a long association with the internationally regarded West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company, with whom he has directed productions as diverse as Guys and Dolls, Coriolanus, Howard Brenton’s Anne Boleyn and Berkoff’s Metamorphosis.

  • Richard Jones
    Resident Choreographer
    Cast
    Richard Jones - Resident Choreographer

    Theatre credits include: The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre); cover Paul and Hortensio in Kiss Me, Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre and Old Vic); Crazy for You (Novello Theatre and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Me and My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Sweet Charity (Royal Haymarket and Menier Chocolate Factory); Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2009 season) Mary Poppins (UK tour); We Will Rock You (West End); Saturday Night Fever (West End) and Chicago (international tour).

    Television credits include: Tubby and Enid (BBC); Let’s Dance (BBC); The IT Crowd (Channel 4); The Al Murray Show (ITV); Strictly Night Fever (BBC) and The Paul O’Grady Show (ITV).

    Workshop credits include: Lend Me a Tenor – the Musical.

    Choreography credits include: assistant choreographer on Mary Poppins (Vienna); Beauty and the Beast (Oxford Playhouse); The Addams Family (GSA); Miracle on 34th Street (UK tour); Carnival of the Animals (Riverside Studios); Bare (Greenwich Theatre); Steel Pier (Union Theatre); Rent (Greenwich Theatre); Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse)and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Union Theatre).

  • Mark Hedges
    Resident Children’s Director
    Cast
    Mark Hedges - Resident Children’s Director

    Resident children’s director credits include: Oliver! (UK tour); The Bodyguard (UK tour); The Sound of Music (international tour) and Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre, London).

    Choreography and directing credits include: Redhead at the Bridewell Theatre (choreographer); Jason and the Argonauts at the Swiss Arts Festival (assistant director/choreographer); Willy Wonka at the DUCTAC Theatre, Dubai (choreographer); Sunshine on Leith at Northern Stage (director); Macbeth (Shakespeare 4 Kidz UK and UAE tour – musical staging); The Wiz at People’s Theatre (director); Celebrate Christmas at Royal Albert Hall (choreographer); ‘Tis the Season at Jermyn Street Theatre (director); Applause at the Bridewell Theatre (choreographer); What the Lady Bird Heard for Kenny Wax Ltd (choreographer); Three Phantoms (UK tour – choreographer); Little Women workshop (assistant director) and Stepping Out at the Union Theatre (choreographer).

    Performing credits include: swing, dance captain and understudy Thénardier in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); featured ensemble and dance captain in Les Misérables – 25th anniversary concert at the O2 Arena; Prince of Wales and understudy Dustin and Poppa in Starlight Express (UK and Scandinavian tour); Arthur in High Society (Shaftesbury Theatre); swing/dance captain in Jerry Springer – the Opera at National Theatre and Cambridge Theatre; understudy Grumpskin and Mr Beaver in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Turnov/swing and understudy Rusty and Dustin in Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre) and ensemble and understudy Mr Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors (Edinburgh Playhouse).

  • Gemma Hawkins
    Assistant Musical Director
    Cast
    Gemma Hawkins - Assistant Musical Director

    Gemma studied piano and oboe at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and trained on the musical direction and coaching course at the Royal Academy of Music. Most recently, she was assistant musical director for the Barnum UK tour.

    Credits as musical director include: The Snowman (UK tour); Ace of Clubs (Union Theatre); Pippin (BRIT School); Great Expectations (Youth Music Theatre UK); Side by Side by Sondheim (Edinburgh Fringe) and The Last 5 Years (Barbican Centre).

    As assistant musical director: The Pajama Game (Royal Academy of Music); Kiss Me, Kate and Curtains (Guildhall School of Music & Drama) and Howard Goodall’s A Winter’s Tale (Youth Music Theatre UK).

    Piano and keyboard credits: The Lion King and Starlight Express (UK tours); The Pajama Game (West End); The Life of the Party (Menier Chocolate Factory) and the Thursford Christmas Spectacular.Gemma was audition and rehearsal pianist for From Here to Eternity (West End) and featured on YouTube promotional material for Disney and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods movie. www.gemmahawkins.co.uk

     

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MARY POPPINS TOUR WINS WHATSONSTAGE AWARD!

MARY POPPINS TOUR WINS WHATSONSTAGE AWARD!

Last night, the theatre world celebrated the 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards at The Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End, and we are delighted to announce that the Mary Poppins tour, which is currently wowing audiences at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, won the award for Best Regional Production!

Producer, Cameron Mackintosh, and Anthony Drewe, who wrote some of the newer material for Mary Poppins, along with his writing partner, George Stiles, were there to collect the award.

We’re fairly sure what Mary would think of this award – SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!

For news about other winners, and to watch the highlights, click here.

 

Photograph by kind permission of Dan Wooller

Anthony Drewe and Cameron Mackintosh accept the award for Best Regional Production for Mary Poppins on tour
Anthony Drewe and Cameron Mackintosh accept the award for Best Regional Production for Mary Poppins on tour
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ADDITIONAL DATES ANNOUNCED

ADDITIONAL DATES ANNOUNCED

BRADFORD ALHAMBRA, 2 NOVEMBER – 10 DECEMBER 2016 AND WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE CARDIFF, 14 DECEMBER 2016 -14 JANUARY 2017

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce additional dates for the UK and Ireland tour of their multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS, starring Zizi Strallen as ‘Mary Poppins’ and Matt Lee as ‘Bert’.  In addition to the previously announced dates, MARY POPPINS will also play the Alhambra Theatre Bradford from 2 November – 10 December 2016 and Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff from 14 December 2016 – 14 January 2017. Full tour schedule below.

MARY POPPINS opened at Leicester Curve earlier this month to sell out business and standing ovations.  The show has just opened at the Bristol Hippodrome to rave reviews.

Zizi Strallen most recently starred as ‘Lana’ in Matthew Bourne’s “The Car Man”. Her previous West End credits include: “Cats”; the multi award-winning “Merrily We Roll Along”; “Rock of Ages”; “Dirty Dancing”; “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella” at Sadler’s Wells.  She has also appeared in “The Music Man” at Chichester Festival Theatre and as ‘Penny Pingleton’ in “Hairspray” at Leicester Curve.

Matt Lee, one of Australia’s premier “song and dance men”, played the role of ‘Bert’ in “Mary Poppins” in the hugely successful Australian production of the show, his portrayal winning him the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His other theatre credits in Australia include “Miss Saigon”, “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Rent”, “Grease” and “The Boy from Oz”. Matt was also a permanent member of the judging panel for Australia’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of MARY POPPINS is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film. The stage production of MARY POPPINS is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and “Downton Abbey” creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.

The internationally renowned and multi award-winning creative team assembled for MARY POPPINS is led by stage and film director Richard Eyre. Co-direction and Choreography is by Matthew Bourne, with Co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Set and Costume Design is by Bob Crowley with Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Paul Groothuis and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. The International Tour of MARY POPPINS is Directed by James Powell with Original Choreography adapted by Geoffrey Garratt. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years and over 1,250 performances. During this time it won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography and Best Set Design as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Set Design and the Variety Club Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production ran for over six years where it won the Tony Award for Best Set Design. The show has subsequently played to great success in Holland and Mexico. It has toured Australia, New Zealand, the U.S, the UK, has been seen by over 11 million people and is currently breaking box office records in Vienna.

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FULL CASTING RELEASE

FULL CASTING RELEASE

“DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE FULL CASTING FOR THE FORTHCOMING UK AND IRELAND TOUR OF INTERNATIONAL SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC MUSICAL HIT”

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce the full cast for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of their multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Tour schedule below.

Joining the previously announced Zizi Strallen as ‘Mary Poppins’ and Matt Lee as ‘Bert’ will be Milo Twomey as ‘George Banks’; Rebecca Lock as ‘Winifred Banks’; Penelope Woodman as ‘Miss Andrew’; Wendy Ferguson as ‘Mrs Brill’; Grainne Renihan as ‘Bird Woman’ and Blair Anderson as ‘Robertson Ay’. They are joined by Yves Adang; Abby Bebbington; Greg Bernstein; Jabari Braham; Matthew Caputo; Sophie Caton; Jennifer Davison; Lisa Dent; Joe Dockree; Maria Garrett; Hannah Grace; Graham Hoadly; Jacqueline Hughes; Thomas-Lee Kidd; Antony Lawrence; Adam Margilewski; Anu Ogunmefun; Ben Oliver; Stephanie Powell; Edwin Ray; Adam Rhys-Charles; Sam Salter; John Stacey; Christine Tucker; Alexandra Waite-Roberts; Wreh-Asha Walton and Scott Waugh.

Zizi Strallen most recently starred as ‘Lana’ in Matthew Bourne’s “The Car Man”. Her previous West End credits include: “Cats”; the multi award-winning “Merrily We Roll Along”; “Rock of Ages”; “Dirty Dancing”; “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella” at Sadler’s Wells.  She has also appeared in “The Music Man” at Chichester Festival Theatre and as ‘Penny Pingleton’ in “Hairspray” at Leicester Curve.

Matt Lee, one of Australia’s premier “song and dance men”, played the role of ‘Bert’ in “Mary Poppins” in the hugely successful Australian production of the show, his portrayal winning him the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His other theatre credits in Australia include “Miss Saigon”, “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Rent”, “Grease” and “The Boy from Oz”. Matt was also a permanent member of the judging panel for Australia’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Milo Twomey has most recently been seen in “Twelfth Night” at the Sheffield Crucible.  His other theatre credits include: “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Royal Exchange; “Richard III” at the Nottingham Playhouse; “Dancing at Lughnasa” at Royal & Derngate Northampton and “Lady Windermere’s Fan” at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Rebecca Lock has most recently appeared as ‘Rosie’ in “Mamma Mia!” at the Novello Theatre. Her other theatre credits include “Oliver!” at Sheffield Crucible; “The Tempest” at Theatre Royal Bath; “The Phantom of The Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “Avenue Q” at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Penelope Woodman’s recent theatre credits include: “Sons of the Desert” at the Royal Court Theatre Liverpool; the UK tour of “Birds of a Feather”; “Mamma Mia!” both at the Prince of Wales Theatre and on international tour, and the UK tour of “Never Forget”.

Wendy Ferguson most recently played the role of ‘Madame Thenardier’ in “Les Misérables” at the Queens Theatre. Her other theatre credits include: ‘Carlotta’ in “The Phantom of The Opera” both at Her Majesty’s Theatre and at the 25th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and ‘Widow Corney’ in “Oliver!” at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Grainne Renihan’s theatre credits include: ‘Grizabella’ in “Cats” on UK Tour and in Hamburg; ‘Fantine’ in “Les Misérables” at the Palace Theatre; ‘Florence’ in “Chess” at the Prince Edward Theatre; ‘Guilietta’ in “Aspects of Love” at the Prince of Wales Theatre; ‘Ellen’ in “Miss Saigon” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and ‘Mary Magdalene’ in the European tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Blair Anderson’s recent theatre credits include “If the Lights Are Too Bright” at the Ovalhouse Theatre; “In Lambeth” at the Southwark Playhouse, the Singapore tour of “Seussical” and the UK tour of “Blockbuster The Musical”.
The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of MARY POPPINS is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and “Downton Abbey” creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.

The internationally renowned and multi award-winning creative team assembled for MARY POPPINS is led by stage and film director Richard Eyre. Co-direction and Choreography is by Matthew Bourne, with Co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Set and Costume Design is by Bob Crowley with Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Paul Groothuis and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. The International Tour of MARY POPPINS is Directed by James Powell with Original Choreography adapted by Geoffrey Garratt. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years and over 1,250 performances. During this time it won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography and Best Set Design as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Set Design and the Variety Club Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production ran for over six years where it won the Tony Award for Best Set Design. The show has subsequently played to great success in Holland and Mexico. It has toured Australia, New Zealand, the U.S, the UK, has been seen by over 11 million people and is currently breaking box office records in Vienna.

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CASTING RELEASE

CASTING RELEASE

“ZIZI STRALLEN TO PLAY ‘MARY POPPINS’ AND MATT LEE TO PLAY ‘BERT’ IN THE UK AND IRELAND TOUR OF DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S INTERNATIONAL SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC HIT”

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that ZIZI STRALLEN will play ‘Mary Poppins’ and MATT LEE will play ‘Bert’ in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of their multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Full casting will be announced shortly. Tour schedule attached.

ZIZI STRALLEN is currently starring as ‘Lana’ in Matthew Bourne’s “The Car Man”. She was most recently seen in the West End in “Cats” and the multi award-winning “Merrily We Roll Along”. Her other West End credits include “Rock of Ages”, “Dirty Dancing” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella” at Sadler’s Wells.  She has also appeared in “The Music Man” at Chichester Festival Theatre, and as ‘Penny Pingleton’ in “Hairspray” at Leicester Curve.

MATT LEE played the role of ‘Bert’ in “Mary Poppins” when the show opened in Australia, his portrayal winning him the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His other theatre credits in Australia include “Miss Saigon”, “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Rent”, “Grease” and “The Boy from Oz”. Matt was also a permanent member of the judging panel for Australia’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Cameron Mackintosh said today “It’s hard to believe that it is already 11 years since Mary Poppins first landed on the London stage.  My goodness……time flies even faster than our beloved Nanny!  I’m delighted to be bringing her back to the UK and for the first time to Dublin, after spreading her magic around the world.  Since we originally staged the production we have found even more magical ways to stage this timeless tale. I’m also thrilled to have cast yet another of the extraordinarily talented Strallen family in the role of Mary and pair her with one of the most brilliant Berts we have been fortunate to find worldwide. I know Zizi and Matt will be practically perfect in every way and a show-stopping tour de force”.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of MARY POPPINS is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.

The internationally renowned and multi award-winning creative team assembled for MARY POPPINS is led by stage and film director Richard Eyre. Co-direction and Choreography is by Matthew Bourne, with Co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Set and Costume Design is by Bob Crowley with Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Paul Groothuis and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. The International Tour of MARY POPPINS is Directed by Anthony Lyn and James Powell with Original Choreography adapted by Geoffrey Garratt. Musical Supervision by Stephen Brooker.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years and over 1,250 performances. During this time it won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography and Best Set Design as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Set Design and the Variety Club Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production ran for over six years where it won the Tony Award for Best Set Design. The show has subsequently been seen in Holland and Mexico. It has toured Australia, New Zealand, the U.S, the UK, has been seen by over 11 million people and is currently breaking box office records in Vienna.

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NEW VENUE RELEASE - NORWICH, PLYMOUTH, NEWCASTLE

NEW VENUE RELEASE - NORWICH, PLYMOUTH, NEWCASTLE

FURTHER DATES ADDED TO NATIONAL TOUR OF DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S INTERNATIONAL SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC HIT MUSICAL

NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL, 29 JUNE – 30 JULY 2016
PLYMOUTH THEATRE ROYAL, 3 AUGUST – 3 SEPTEMBER 2016
NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL, 8 SEPTEMBER – 29 OCTOBER 2016

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce further dates for their multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS. In addition to the previously announced dates, the musical will also play at Norwich Theatre Royal from 29 June – 30 July 2016, Plymouth Theatre Royal from 3 August – 3 September 2016 and Newcastle Theatre Royal from 8 September – 29 October 2016. Full tour schedule attached. Casting to be announced soon.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of MARY POPPINS is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.

The internationally renowned and multi award-winning creative team assembled for MARY POPPINS is led by stage and film director Richard Eyre. Co-direction and Choreography is by Matthew Bourne, with Co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Set and Costume Design is by Bob Crowley with Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Paul Groothuis and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. The National Tour of MARY POPPINS is Directed by Anthony Lyn and Choreographed by Geoffrey Garratt with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years and over 1,250 performances. During this time it won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography and Best Set Design as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Set Design and the Variety Club Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production ran for over six years where it won the Tony Award for Best Set Design. The show has subsequently toured Australia, New Zealand, the U.S, the UK, has been seen by over 11 million people and is currently breaking box office records in Vienna.

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ANNOUNCEMENT RELEASE

ANNOUNCEMENT RELEASE

“SOMEONE MAGICAL IS RETURNING! DISNEY AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW NATIONAL TOUR OF THEIR INTERNATIONAL SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC HIT MUSICAL”

OPENING AT LEICESTER CURVE ON 13 OCTOBER 2015

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that their multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland, opening at Leicester Curve on Tuesday 13 October 2015. Initial tour schedule attached. Casting to be announced soon.

Cameron Mackintosh said today “It’s hard to believe that it is already 11 years since Mary Poppins first landed on the London stage.  My goodness……time flies even faster than our beloved Nanny!  I’m delighted to be bringing her back to the UK and for the first time to Dublin, after spreading her magic around the world.  Since we originally staged the production we have found even more magical ways to stage this timeless tale and I’m sure you will find our new Mary practically perfect in every way”.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of MARY POPPINS is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.The internationally renowned and multi award-winning creative team assembled for MARY POPPINS is led by stage and film director Richard Eyre. Co-direction and Choreography is by Matthew Bourne, with Co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Set and Costume Design is by Bob Crowley with Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Paul Groothuis and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. The National Tour of MARY POPPINS is Directed by Anthony Lyn and Choreographed by Geoffrey Garratt with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years and over 1,250 performances. During this time it won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography and Best Set Design as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Set Design and the Variety Club Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production ran for over six years where it won the Tony Award for Best Set Design. The show has subsequently toured Australia, New Zealand, the U.S, the UK, has been seen by over 11 million people and is currently breaking box office records in Vienna.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that their multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland, opening at Leicester Curve on Tuesday 13 October 2015. Initial tour schedule attached. Casting to be announced soon.

Cameron Mackintosh said today “It’s hard to believe that it is already 11 years since Mary Poppins first landed on the London stage.  My goodness……time flies even faster than our beloved Nanny!  I’m delighted to be bringing her back to the UK and for the first time to Dublin, after spreading her magic around the world.  Since we originally staged the production we have found even more magical ways to stage this timeless tale and I’m sure you will find our new Mary practically perfect in every way”.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of MARY POPPINS is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.The internationally renowned and multi award-winning creative team assembled for MARY POPPINS is led by stage and film director Richard Eyre. Co-direction and Choreography is by Matthew Bourne, with Co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Set and Costume Design is by Bob Crowley with Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Paul Groothuis and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. The National Tour of MARY POPPINS is Directed by Anthony Lyn and Choreographed by Geoffrey Garratt with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker.

The stage production of MARY POPPINS originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years and over 1,250 performances. During this time it won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography and Best Set Design as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Set Design and the Variety Club Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production ran for over six years where it won the Tony Award for Best Set Design. The show has subsequently toured Australia, New Zealand, the U.S, the UK, has been seen by over 11 million people and is currently breaking box office records in Vienna.

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