Lisa O’Hare and Zizi Strallen will take flight in the title role of Mary Poppins in 2017 when Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical plays Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.
O’Hare, who has previously played Mary Poppins in the West End, on the UK tour and in Australia, will return to the role in Zurich in February. Strallen, who is currently playing the part in the international touring production at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, will return to the role when the show reaches Dubai in May.
Both leading ladies will be joined by cast members Matt Lee (Miss Saigon) as Bert; Neil Roberts (Mamma Mia!) as George Banks; Penelope Woodman (Never Forget) as Miss Andrew; Wendy Ferguson (Les Misérables) as Mrs Brill; Grainne Renihan (Cats) as Bird Woman and Blair Anderson (Blockbuster the Musical) as Robertson Ay. Kara Lane (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) will also join the company as Winifred Banks.
The company will also include: 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.
Mary Poppins will play Zurich’s Theater 11 from Wednesday 1 February until Sunday 19 March 2017. The show will then play Dubai Opera from Monday 1 May until Wednesday 18 May 2017.
The stage production of the much-loved story of the magical nanny was co-created by Mackintosh with a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and featuring the timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman. New songs and additional music and lyrics are by the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Produced by Thomas Schumacher for Disney Theatrical Productions, Mary Poppins boasts a creative team headed by stage and film director Richard Eyre. Co-direction and choreography is by Matthew Bourne, with co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Set and costume design is by Bob Crowley with lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Paul Groothuis and Paul Gatehouse, with orchestrations by William David Brohn. The international tour of Mary Poppins is directed by James Powell with original choreography adapted by Geoffrey Garratt. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker.
The stage production of Mary Poppins originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years and more than 1,250 performances. The show won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography and Best Set Design as well as the Evening Standard Award for Best Set Design and the Variety Club Award for Best Musical.
The Broadway production ran for over six years where it won the Tony Award for Best Set Design. The show has also been a success in Holland and Mexico and it has toured Australia, New Zealand, the US, and the UK.