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Petula Clark and Joseph Millson join the cast of Mary Poppins

Petula Clark

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CAMERON Mackintosh and Disney have announced that Petula Clark and Joseph Millson will join the Company to play the Bird Woman and George Banks in the new production of Mary Poppins, which returns to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre from October 23, 2019.

They join the previously announced Zizi Strallen in the title role and Charlie Stemp as Bert.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of Mary Poppins, brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the original beloved Walt Disney film, continues to be a smash hit around the world since it opened in London 15 years ago.

Petula Clark became a star in the UK when she was just nine years old singing for the troops stationed in England during World War II. Many years later she moved to France and soon became a European star recording in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. While still living in Paris, English songwriter Tony Hatch presented her with his new composition, Downtown, which became a worldwide hit and led to a string of top ten records, winning her two Grammy awards and making her an international star. She later met with Charlie Chaplin who penned another of her major hits, This Is My Song.

She has performed in her own TV shows in the UK, the US and France and has starred in the iconic films Finian’s Rainbow with Fred Astaire and Goodbye Mr. Chips with Peter O’Toole. She has been seen on stage in the West End and on Broadway, and has just finished a triumphant US tour. During her extensive career spanning eight decades she sold over 70 million records.

Clark was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 and was installed as a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2012.

Joseph Millson

Joseph Millson’s extensive theatre credits include Apologia (Trafalgar Studios), The Rover for which he won the Best Performance in a Play Award at the 2017 UK Theatre Awards (RSC), Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), Much Ado About Nothing, King John and the Spanish Golden Age Season (RSC/West End), Rocket to the Moon, Pillars of the Community and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre), Love Never Dies for which he won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Adelphi Theatre) and The Priory (Royal Court Theatre).

His more recent television work includes Catch 22, Grantchester, Ransom, Banished, 24 Live Another Day, as well as regular roles in The Last Kingdom, Campus, Holby City and The Sarah Jane Adventures. His film credits include Casino Royale, I Give It A Year, All The Devils Men, Dragonheart Vengeance, Angel Has Fallen, No Vacancies, Burning Men, Tango One, The Dead 2 and Devil’s Bridge.

The original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman include the classic songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Feed the Birds and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. New songs and additional music are by the Olivier Award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Book is by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes and this production is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.

This production of Mary Poppins has orchestrations by William David Brohn with dance and vocal arrangements by George Stiles. It has a new sound design by Paul Gatehouse and new lighting by Hugh Vanstone and Natasha Katz. Co-choreography is by Stephen Mear. The reimagined set and costume designs are by Bob Crowley. Co-direction and choreography is by Matthew Bourne and direction by Richard Eyre.

Tickets: From £15. Reduced price tickets for Family Nights and Preview performances. £2.50 booking fee applies. To book, call 0844 482 5151 or visit www.marypoppinsonstage.co.uk/.

Times: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm; Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2.30pm; Family Night performances on Wednesdays at 7pm.