THE WORLD’S MOST SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC NANNY FLIES INTO SYDNEY IN MAY 2022
Cameron Mackintosh and Disney are delighted to announce that their acclaimed Tony and Olivier award–winning production of MARY POPPINS, ‘practically perfect in every way’, will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in May 2022.
Featuring the beloved quintessentially English magical Nanny, MARY POPPINS, has been seen by over 12 million people worldwide and was the winner of a record breaking 8 Helpmann awards in Australia in 2011.
“A joyous and magical experience… This is one not to be missed” – Sydney Morning Herald
A nation–wide search for Australia’s Mary Poppins began today, with the full Australian cast to be announced later this year.
Tickets for the Australian production will go on sale in August 2021. To receive the most up–to–date information about the production, sign up to the waitlist at MaryPoppinsMusical.com.au
Co–creator and Producer Cameron Mackintosh said of the announcement: “Mary Poppins flew into my heart when I first saw the movie and read P. L. Travers’ unforgettable books as a schoolboy. My long–held dream of creating a stage musical out of her work started in Sydney over 25 years ago after Pamela had entrusted me to write a first treatment which was enthusiastically embraced by Tom and Disney. Since then, Mary has soared triumphantly around the world with the Australian production over 11 years ago being one of the finest. So, I am thrilled to be bringing my latest current hit London production of Mary back home to Sydney next year, following my upcoming production of Phantom of the Opera, and finding another stellar cast to spellbind a new generation of theatregoers”.
“This is a long–overdue homecoming for Mary, whose creator P. L.Travers was born and raised in Australia,” said Thomas Schumacher President & Producer Disney Theatrical Productions. “No region on the planet has embraced this gorgeous production more than Travers‘s homeland and, under the loving care of Michael Cassel and his team, we know that number 17 Cherry Tree Lane will be as enchanted as ever. Cameron taught all of us about importing large–scale shows to Australia and he and I have witnessed firsthand the explosion of Australian musical theatre talent over the decades. We cannot wait to see your magnificent performers imbue this beloved tale with heart, warmth and wit.”
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the production would give the state’s visitor economy a great boost during the season from May next year. “We are thrilled to have secured the Australian premiere of this new production of Mary Poppins and anticipate that the production will generate almost $23 million in direct visitor spend over the season, stimulating our visitor economy and reinforcing Sydney’s position as Australia’s events capital.
“The NSW Government has locked in 18 months of outstanding theatre and musical productions alongside our world–class art exhibitions and cultural events that are a drawcard for visitors and the envy of other cities globally. With so much to see and experience in Sydney there has never been a better time to start planning your next visit to our Harbour City,” Mr Ayres said.
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 Pamela L.Travers and the original beloved Walt Disney film, continues to be a smash hit around the world since its opening in London 16 years ago.
Sydney Lyric TheatreMay 2022