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Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp talk all things Mary Poppins

The musical returns to the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre

Charlie Stemp and Zizi Strallen
© Madeleine Spivey for WhatsOnStage

WhatsOnStage had a chat with Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp, the leads of Mary Poppins which is now playing in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Check out their favourite musical numbers in the show, which other characters they'd love to play and whether they consider themselves practically perfect in every way.

Strallen and Stemp lead a cast including Petula Clark (Bird Woman), Joseph Millson (Mr Banks), Amy Griffiths (Winifred Banks), Claire Moore (Miss Andrew), Claire Machin (Mrs Brill), Jack North (Robertson Ay) and Barry James (Bank Chairman/Admiral Boom). The Banks children are played by Adelaide Barham, Imogen Bourn, Charlotte Breen, Ellie Kit Jones and Nuala Peberdy – alternating the role of Jane Banks – and Joseph Duffy, Samuel Newby, Gabriel Payne, Edward Walton and Fred Wilcox, alternating the role of Michael Banks.

Based on the PL Travers story, this musical has original music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, book by Julian Fellowes, orchestrations by William David Brohn and dance and vocal arrangements by George Stiles. Richard Eyre directs, with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and Natasha Katz and scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley.

The show is currently booking until 3 May 2020.

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