Reviews are in for the West End revival of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s sumptuous production returns to London for a limited season at the Prince Edward. The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny is spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.
Based on the stories by PL Travers and the original Disney film, Mary Poppins has a book by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), with a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman and new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Multi-talented Zizi Strallen takes the star role of Mary Poppins in the show, with song and dance man Charlie Stemp as Bert.
Mary Poppins has a formidable creative team, including direction by Richard Eyre, design by Bob Crowley and choreography by Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear.
Read the reviews of Mary Poppins, below.
Mary Poppins reviews
"Stageful of sugar is a rapturous delight"
"Zizi Strallen is excellent as the buoyant nanny in Eyre’s chippy and enduring show, which also calls on Julian Fellowes, Matthew Bourne and Petula Clark"
"I was rather grudging in my praise when I first saw this musical in 2004. Richard Eyre’s production, based on the PL Travers stories and the Disney movie and supplementing the Richard and Robert Sherman songs with new ones by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, was more remarkable for its clinical efficiency than its pulsating joy. Either the show, which has enjoyed a long UK tour, has changed or I have: it now strikes me as rapturously pleasurable."
"It’s been a while, but this nanny goes down a storm"
"There are plenty of reasons to go for a family outing to see this version, directed by Sir Richard Eyre and first seen in the West End more than 15 years ago. Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, of Downton Abbey fame, supplies the book. Bob Crowley’s set designs have oodles of polish. Seeing the show again, it strikes me that Crowley’s backdrops are the star of the show, conjuring up a vision of Edwardian London that combines doll’s house-like domestic interiors with sweeping vistas of the city."
"Joyous show is practically perfect in every way"
"In a world forced to swallow a very bitter pill over the past 18 months, this Disney classic is just the spoonful of sensational sugar we all need right now."
"Zizi Strallen is absolutely spit-spot as the nanny who flies in to save the Banks children, and in the process rescues their parents, too. With a gleaming voice, ringing vowels and a firm but fair heart, you can't help wishing more men (and a few of the women) in power these days had been raised by her."
"The Most delightful West End show in a long time"
"Richard Eyre's 2004 musical is back at the Prince Edward Theatre, and it makes for an unbeatably splendid evening"
"A spoonful of sugar is just what we need right now"
"The blockbuster revival of the 2004 Mary Poppins musical is a highly polished piece of entertainment, hugely uplifting and cheerful, with an undertow of melancholy and the occasional baggy moment."
"This Disney musical looks and sounds magical – even if it’s a few shades weirder than the much-loved movie"
"Distinctly lacking in magic"
"When so many top-drawer creatives are trying to cast different spells, no wonder the enchantment doesn’t work. You’ve got Julian Fellowes trying to cram in characters and scenes from the books, and Richard Eyre’s A-to-B direction chafing against co-director Matthew Bourne’s ballet moves, which jar with Stephen Mear’s choreography."
"George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have provided new songs that fill long, forgettable stretches alongside the Sherman Brothers’ iconic original compositions, tunes etched in the cultural consciousness. Stiles and Drewe’s music is frustratingly bland, the lyrics worse, with every tedious couplet in service of the rhyme, rather than story, sentiment or character."
"Each creative does his own thing, and the result is a series of set-pieces that don’t mesh. There’s no joined-up thinking."