Friday, July 26

More casting news for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward

The  Daily Mail's Baz has just revealed more casting details for Mary Poppins the Musical which starts previews at the Prince Edward Theatre in October.

Joining the previously announced  Zizi Strallen  who is again playing  the iconic role of Mary Poppins, Charlie Stemp  as Bert , Petula Clark  and Joseph Millson as Mr Banks will be Amy Griffiths  as  Mrs Winifred Banks (a loving and distracted homemaker who is busy trying to live up to her husband's desire to only associate with "the best people" and be the model wife and mother), Claire Moore as  Miss Andrew (George Banks' overbearing and scary nanny with her bottle of nasty-tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line), Claire Machin as Mrs Brill (the overworked and harrassed housekeeper and cook) , Jack North as Robertson Ay  (the dopey and grumbling houseboy ) and  Barry James as (Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman).

The creative team, led by director Richard Eyre, co-director and choreographer Matthew Bourne and co-choreographer Stephen Mear, have cast very experienced musical theatre performers Claire Moore Phantom, Miss Saigon)  and Claire Machin (Les Misérables, Oliver! and My Fair Lady) in the key roles of Miss Andrew and Mrs Brill who both  helped put the Tim Firth and Gary Barlow musical The Girls on the map. Machin has long been associated with the Poppins show ad she  was involved in early workshops and was in the original production. And Ms Moore recorded the very first demo of Practically Perfect for Poppins.  

Jack North ( Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Barnum) and Barry James (Oliver!, She Loves Me , Les Misérables Little Shop of Horrors, The Phantom of the Opera  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) are also in the very impressive  company, which begins rehearsing the first week in September. 

The ensemble comprises Yves Adang, Lydia Bannister, Angeline Bell, Lydia Boulton, Matt Cox, Adam Davidson, Katie Deacon, Danielle Delys, Joshua Denyer, Stan Doughty, Glen Facey, Davide Fienauri, Ian Gareth-Jones, Mark Goldthorp, Joanna Gregory, Catherine Hannay, Jacqueline Hughes, Jason Kajdi, Sam Lathwood, Jordan Livesey, Ceili O'Connor, Malinda Parris, Alex Pinder, Ben Redfern, Rachel Spurrell, Lucie-Mae Sumner, Rhys West and Monique Young.

Casting for Jane and Michael Banks is to be revealed.


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