Opening night at Mary Poppins in the West End – meet the cast and guests at the Prince Edward Theatre

The iconic musical is back in London!

The cast of Mary Poppins during the curtain call
The cast of Mary Poppins during the curtain call
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage
The new production of Mary Poppins had its official opening this week in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre and WhatsOnStage went along to meet the cast backstage.

Zizi Strallen and Charlie 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.

WhatsOnStage's critic Sarah Crompton gave the musical a glowing review, saying "it's hard not to see it settling in for another long run."

Cameron Mackintosh and Disney Theatrical Productions' show marks the first time this new production has been seen in London. 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.

Mary Poppins is currently booking until 3 May 2020.