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Zizi Strallen reprising Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre

Tuesday, 18th Sep 2018

Prince Edward Theatre

This week it was revealed that Aladdin The Musical, which has been running at the Prince Edward Theatre since 2016, would be closing its doors next summer.

But those hoping to catch another Disney musical alongside the still-running The Lion King will still be able to get their fix once Aladdin closes as Mary Poppins, which previously played at the same venue over a decade ago, is set to replace it in late 2019.

The news emerges as audiences gear up to witness the new film sequel Mary Poppins Returns, which lands in cinemas this Christmas and stars Emily Blunt in the role made famous by Julie Andrews in the original 1964 film.

The musical takes its cues both from the Julie Andrews classic and from book of the same name, telling the story of the titular Mary Poppins, a nanny who arrives on the East Wind to care for the Banks children and to change the lives of the whole family. With magic and catchy songs, she sets the world right.

The musical version first emerged in 2004, premiering in Bristol before being staged all over the world. It is now one of many Disney-turned-stage musicals to appear at locations worldwide, with others including the mentioned Aladdin and The Lion King as well as The Little Mermaid and Beauty And The Beast.

But the news of Mary Poppins returning to the capital isn’t the only thing that will have audiences itching to pick up tickets. Producers have also announced that Zizi Strallen will be playing the title role alongside Charlie Stemp as Bert.

Strallen has previously played Poppins on a UK tour and her other credits include Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre, Follies at the National Theatre, The Car Man at Sadler’s Wells, Cats on a UK tour and The Music Man at the Chichester Festival Theatre, amongst others. She has also amassed television and film credits over the years as well.

Aladdin continues at the Prince Edward Theatre until the end of August 2019. Mary Poppins is then set to follow it from an as-yet unannounced date.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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