Thursday, December 22


Casting has just been announced for the 2017 international tour of MARY POPPINS, which will play in Switzerland and Dubai in 2017. Following the UK tour of the production which ends at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 14th January, the new cast of MARY POPPINS will open at the Theater 11 in Zurich, Switzerland on 1st  February and run until 19th March 2017. The production will then move to the  Dubai Opera in UAE from 1st to 18th May.

Leading the cast in the role of ‘Mary Poppins’ will be Lisa O’Hare in  Zurich  and Zizi Strallen in Dubai  They are joined in both Zurich and Dubai by current cast members Matt Lee as ‘Bert’, Neil Roberts as ‘George Banks’; Penelope Woodman as ‘Miss Andrew’; Wendy Ferguson as ‘Mrs Brill’; Grainne Renihan as ‘Bird Woman’ and Blair Anderson as ‘Robertson Ay’. Joining the company will be Kara Lane as ‘Winifred Banks’ with  Yves Adang; Ryan Anderson; Jeremy Batt; Abby Bebbington; Jabari Braham; Emily Bull; Sophie Caton; Danielle Delys; Glen Facey; Bradley Gibbins-Klein; Hannah Grace; Lucy Harrison; Graham Hoadly; James Hume; Jason Kajdi; Charlie Kendall; Sam Lathwood; Sean Lopeman; Bryan Mottram; Anna Shircliff; Lucie-Mae Sumner; Anu Ogunmefun; Jo-Lucy Rackham; John Stacey; Christine Tucker; Wreh-Asha Walton and Scott Waugh.

Lisa O’Hare has previously played the role of ‘Mary Poppins’ in the West End, the UK tour and in Australia. Most recently she originated the role of ‘Sibella’ in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” on Broadway. Her other theatre credits include Eliza Doolittle in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of “My Fair Lady” on the USA national tour and UK tour; ‘Sally Bowles’ in “Cabaret” ‘Gigi’ in “Gigi”, “Anything Goes” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; ‘Guinevere’ in “Camelot” and ‘Maria’ in “The Sound of Music”.

Zizi Strallen is currently playing the role of ‘Mary Poppins’ in the International tour production. Prior to this, Zizi starred as ‘Lana’ in Matthew Bourne’s “The Car Man”. Her previous West End credits include: “Cats”; the multi award-winning “Merrily We Roll Along”; “Rock of Ages”; “Dirty Dancing”; “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Matthew Bourne’s “Cinderella” at Sadler’s Wells. She has also appeared in “The Music Man” at Chichester Festival Theatre and as ‘Penny Pingleton’ in “Hairspray” at Leicester Curve.

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