Mary Poppins review: It’s a jolly holiday with Mary

Mary Poppins review: It’s a jolly holiday with Mary

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Lovers of the original PL Travers tale and Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins, rejoice as the enchanting story of the notorious nanny comes to the Festival Theatre this spring. An imaginative blend of iconic songs with new material by award winning dynamic duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe make for an altogether magnificent experience under the careful production of Cameron Mackintosh.

The audience are instantly transported once again to Cherry Tree Lane as George, Winifred, Jane and Michael navigate their way through family life and an assortment of nannies, until they finally meet Mary.

Creative set design, seamless scene changes, excellent effects, stunning choreography and a flawless cast led confidently by Zizi Strallen and Matt Lee, translate a magical portrayal of this well-loved childhood story to musical theatre.

Strallen’s Mary is on occasion reminiscent of Julie Andrews’ interpretation of this infamous character but she adds unique colour, charm and flair to the role to make it truly her own.

Lee, as cockney treasure, Bert, was every inch the ‘cheeky-chappy’ and lovable ‘jack-of-all trades’ we have come to adore. His part in this production brought a real sense of energy and fun encouraging everyone to look on the lighter side of life and perhaps learn a handful of valuable lessons along the way.

This incarnation of the musical hit will wow you in one breath with vibrant renditions of memorable hits such as Jolly Holiday, Chim-Chim Cher-ee and personal favourite, Step in Time, and in another silence the audience with tender moments such as the heartfelt performance of Feed the Birds.

Whether you frequently tread the boards or are a self-confessed theatre novice, this is a spectacle for all ages and you don’t have to rely on a spoonful of sugar to ensure that it goes down a treat.

Allow Bert to take you back to Edwardian London and journey with this wonderful company as they bring the unforgettable legend of the endearing ‘no-nonsense’ nanny Mary Poppins to life before your very eyes.

Mary Poppins runs at the Festival Theatre until 21 May 2016. Tickets can be purchased online at www.edtheatres.com/marypoppins. Can't wait to see it? Check out the teaser below.

 

 

Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT, Tel: 0131 529 6000, www.edtheatres.com

Words: Claire McCullough
Blog: www.theregoesclaire.com
Twitter: @ThereGoesClaire

Image: Johan Persson

Mary Poppins / review / Festival Theatre

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