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Published: October 2006
Mary Poppins
Prince Edward Theatre

IS it Jane and Michael Banks who need a nanny? Or is it their parents, George and Winifred who actually need more looking after?
Only one thing is certain - after Mary Poppins arrives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane, with her no-nonsense approach to making the right choices in life, nothing will ever be the same again.

The witty, imaginative books, aglint with magic and many of the much-loved Sherman Brothers songs from Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning motion picture, have been re-invented and created afresh by Acamedy Award-winning writer Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning songwriters George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have also composed several terrific new songs to add to a score that already boasts more than a spoonful of sugar.
For one of the most eagerly awaited theatrical events for decades, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have teamed up to produce Mary Poppins, bringing to life Pamela Travers' fantasic stories filled with eccentric and perceptive characters whose adventures have delighted every generation since they first appeared in the 1930's.

Some of the theatre's finest creative talents have been brought together to realise Mary Poppins on the stage. Richard Eyre, Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear will bring to life the most famous timeless and perfect nanny in an extraordinary and visually magical world created by Bob Crowley - a world where anything can happen if you let it!

All tickets sold include a 75p per ticket Theatre Restoration Fund Levy. This levy is included in the ticket price with all money collected held in trust and used to maintain the fabric of the theatre.

PLEASE NOTE: MARY POPPINS is recommended for children 7 years and up. The running time is approximately 2 hours 50 minutes with one interval. In the interest of other patrons, parents with children are reminded that they may be asked to remove any consistently noisy children. Children under 3 years of aged will NOT be admitted to the theatre. Everyone attending MARY POPPINS will be required to have their own ticket.

Scarlett Strallen will play 'Mary Poppins' in the smash hit West End musical "MARY POPPINS" at the Prince Edward Theatre from Monday 31 October. Scarlett first worked for Cameron Mackintosh in "The Witches of Eastwick" and most recently received rave reviews as 'Josephine' in "HMS Pinafore" at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Her other West End musical credits include the lead role of 'Truly Scrumptious' in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Mamma Mia!". Gavin Lee will continue to play 'Bert', a role he created when the show opened last year.

Leading West End and TV star Aden Gillett steps in to his first musical to play 'George Banks' joining Eliza Lumley as 'Winifred Banks'. Aden Gillett has played leading roles in stage productions, including Peter Hall's productions of "Much Ado About Nothing", "Blithe Spirit", "Betrayal" and "Design for Living", the RNT's "Noises Off" and Thelma Holt's productions of "The Seagull" and "Three Sisters". He has starred on television in "Taggart", "Peak Practice", "Silent Witness" and "The House of Eliott", and his films include David Mamet's production of "The Winslow Boy". Eliza Lumley was a member of the original casts of both "Mamma Mia!" and "Jerry Springer - The Opera". She also appeared in the RNT's productions of "Jumpers" and "The Duchess of Malfi". Her solo cabaret performances in London include shows at Ronnie Scott's, Pizza on the Park and The Green Room.

Sarah Flind joins the company to play 'Mrs Brill' with Ray C Davis as 'Park Keeper' and Andrew Pepper as 'Robertson Ay'. Rosemary Ashe continues to play 'Miss Andrew' and Julia Sutton 'Bird Woman'. There are five sets of children playing 'Michael and Jane Banks'

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