Petula Clark and Joseph Millson have been cast in the West End production of Mary Poppins which opens at the Prince Edward Theatre later this year.
Clark, 86 years-old, will return to the West End stage for the first time in 22 years to play the ‘Bird Woman’ who sings the much-loved song ‘Feed the Birds’. The singer and actress starred as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music in the West End in 1981 and Candida by George Bernard Shaw in 1983.
In a career that spans eight decades, she has sold over 70-million records and become known for songs such as popular upbeat hits, including “Downtown”,”I Know A Place” and “My Love”. Her theatre credits also include Sunset Boulevard, Blood Brothers and Someone Like You.
Joseph Millson will play ‘George Banks’. His extensive theatre credits include Apologia (Trafalgar Studios), The Rover for the Royal Shakespeare Company for which he won the Best Performance in a Play Award at the 2017 UK Theatre Awards, Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre) and The Priory ( Royal Court).
They join previously announced stars Zizi Strallen, who will play the titular character, and Charlie Stemp as Bert.
Mary Poppins will run from 23 October 2019 until 29 March 2020 at the Prince Edward Theatre, London