26 January to 5 March 2016
Reviewed by Linzie Wardle
The musical is largely based on the original 1964 Mary Poppins film. I watched the film on many occasions whilst growing up as a child, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the magic unravel in the presents of Mary Poppins (Zizi Stralien).
George Banks AKA Mr Banks (Milo Teomey) is an investment banker and can’t be bothered with noisy children. Mrs Banks also known as Winifred (Rebecca Lock) was an actor who gave up her career for her family. A wealthy family resulted in 2 servants and a nanny to look after the children, however Katie nanna (Jacqueline Highes) walked out leaving the children without a nanny.
A family in distress and in desperate need for a new nanny, the children Jane (Lucy Simmons) & Michael (Lewis Fernee) write a cute letter and read it out aloud to their parents. Mr Banks rips the letter up and puts it in the fire, which then magically disappears up the chimney to Mary Poppins resulting in Mary Poppins suddenly appearing in the Banks’ family home.
The children are flabbergasted, to which Mary tells Michael to ”close his mouth we are not a cod fish”. Mary has a magic carpetbag from which she pulls impossibly large objects, various objects that crash to the floor and then fly back on shelves, toys and dolls coming to life, lights turning on with the click of Mary’s fingers.
Mary Poppins promises to stay until the wind changes, throughout her stay the children go on amazing, unbelievable but magical outings especially when the set dramatically transforms from a dark, grey and gloomy park to bright and colourful park with a playground for the children to enjoy.
The show includes original classical songs: A Spoonful of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly a Kite and Chim Chim Cher-ee along with many more and the live orchestra makes you see them in a whole new light.
For me, one of the highlight of the show was a scene with Bert (Matt Lee) as he leads Mary, the children and chimney sweeps on a tap-dancing adventure on the tops of London’s houses. He literally surprises the audience and dances on the ceiling of the theatre.
The grand finale will not disappoint those hoping for a flying finish. I have never, ever been to watch a show as good as Mary Poppins, it definitely leaves you speechless, there are not enough words to describe the beautiful costumes, constructed choreography. All the audience stood up at the end and applauded, A PRACTICALLY perfect show in every way possible.
I will definitely, definitely recommend the show, when my son is old enough to understand and appreciate the film I will be returning to watch a future show.
Thank you for a magical evening.
Tickets cost from £22.50 to £62.50 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Mary Poppins is at the Palace Theatre in Manchester until 5 March 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3019.
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT | 0844 871 3019