Zizi Strallen will take the staring role in the upcoming UK tour of Mary Poppins. The production by Richard Eyre will also feature Australian actor Matt Lee as Bert.
Zizi Strallen whose other stage credits include Cats, Merrily We Roll Along and Rock of Ages is currently touring the UK in Matthew Bourne’s Car Man.
Matt Lee played Bert in the Australian production of Mary Poppins, for which he won a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical. he has also stared in We Will Rock You, Rent and Grease.
Mary Poppins has a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and includes the classic songs “Jolly Holiday”, “Step in Time”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Feed the Birds”. New songs and additional music and lyrics were added by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
The stage production of Mary Poppins originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years. Zizi will be following in the footsteps of her sister Scarlett, who played the title role in the West End and on Broadway.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said: “I’m also thrilled to have cast yet another of the extraordinarily talented Strallen family in the role of Mary and pair her with one of the most brilliant Berts we have been fortunate to find worldwide. I know Zizi and Matt will be practically perfect in every way and a show-stopping tour de force”
25 MAY – 19 JUNE
MAYFLOWER THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON
27 APRIL – 21 MAY
FESTIVAL THEATRE, EDINBURGH
9 MARCH – 23 APRIL
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM
29 OCTOBER – 28 NOVEMBER
3 DECEMBER – 9 JANUARY
BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE (FORMERLY GRAND CANAL THEATRE), DUBLIN
20 JANUARY – 5 MARCH
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
13 OCTOBER – 24 OCTOBER
Source: Whats On Stage