The magic of Mary Poppins: 6 reasons why it’s a must-see production in SA

The enchanting world of Mary Poppins has arrived in Adelaide. Here’s 6 reasons why it’s worth seeing in SA this July or August.

The enchanting world of Mary Poppins has arrived in Adelaide.

The highly acclaimed Australian production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, is captivating audiences around the country and is now landing at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. 

The dazzling stars, Stefanie Jones as Mary Poppins, Jack Chambers as Bert and the much loved Patti Newton as Bird Woman, bring this magical tale to life.

Based on the cherished stories by Australian author PL Travers and the original Disney film, the Tony and Olivier award-winning production of Mary Poppins has delighted millions of people worldwide with its theatrical and magical splendour.

The stage production of Mary Poppins originally premiered in London’s West End in December 2004 and ran for over 1,250 performances. During its successful run, the production garnered two Olivier Awards and an Evening Standard Award. The Tony Award-winning Broadway production delighted audiences for more than six years. In 2011, the original Australian production set a record with eight Helpmann Awards.

Here’s 6 reasons why it’s worth seeing the Mary Poppins production in South Australia this July or August.

Mary Poppins’ first time in SA

For those who couldn’t travel to Melbourne or Sydney to see the production, never fear. Australia’s favourite nanny has finally landed in our beautiful city. Productions don’t always seem to make their way to our great state (Taylor Swift, we’re looking at you), so it’s exciting when international blockbusters like Mary Poppins do. 

“We are thrilled to be bringing this beautiful musical to Adelaide audiences following our seasons of Aladdin and Frozen. Over its 19 years on stage, each new production of Mary Poppins has managed to speak to us in new, resonant ways—and never more than in this jewel of a production under Richard Eyre’s loving oversight,” Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions said.

“As they continue playing in productions around the world, Mary, Bert, and the entire Banks family still have much to share—as Mary herself says, ‘with a good deal of love’.”

Has earned multiple 5-star reviews

Mary Poppins hasn’t just been hyped up, it has extraordinary stellar reviews from around the globe, including The Daily Telegraph saying “Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way”. The new Australian production has just wrapped up a hugely successful Melbourne season, where The Age hailed it “Unmissable and masterful” and said “It has to be seen to be believed”

Nostalgic hit for adults

Adults everywhere have all grown up with fond memories of the magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane, and now the new production offers a chance to relive that nostalgia.

While kids are now exposed to a plethora of viral videos, the Mary Poppins production gives parents the opportunity to share one of the biggest Disney movies of all time and their own “viral” hit with their children, in a fun and contemporary way.

The production includes the original music and lyrics of classic songs which you know and love, including Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Feed the Birds, and of course, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

It’s fun for all ages

There are endless illusions and stage magic across the whole show. It’s presented in that wonderful, old-school charm, rather than the flashy effects used in Frozen. It’s bright, colourful and face-paced. A real feast for the eyes and ears. Plus, Mary flies!

It’s a show you can see with friends, your children, work colleagues or the entire family. It’s also hosting matinée shows at midday – perfect for taking your grandparents or younger kids.

Characters are fleshed out

The characters are really fleshed out a lot more than what they are in the original novel by PL Travis and the Disney Film (the musical is more centred around Mr and Mrs Banks, and Mary and Bert are more used as a vehicle to push their storyline along).

“When P.L. Travers wrote the book, she never really fleshed out the character of Winifred Banks. I think she had based the role on her mother, who she didn’t get along with at all. When Walt Disney came and asked for the rights for the movie, they made Winifred this suffragette character and P.L. Travers always hated that. When Cameron Macintosh went to her and said he wanted to do the musical, she said yes, but wasn’t allowed to have her as a suffragette. He fleshed out Winifred to be much more than she is in the book,” Lucy Maunder, who plays Mrs Banks in this production, said.

Produced by world renowned Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Mary Poppins will no doubt be a hit as it’s produced by one of the world’s most prolific producers of musicals in theatre history: Sir Cameron Mackintosh. He’s been in charge of creating some of the most prolific musicals including Cats, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Oliver!; so our expectations are high.

“Adelaide holds a special place in my heart. I first produced shows there in the 1970s and I am beyond thrilled to bring Mary Poppins, which also holds a special place in my heart, to Adelaide for the very first time,” Cameron says.

“Audiences fell in love with this production 12 years ago, and a whole new generation has fallen in love with it all over again since we arrived in Sydney last year. Seeing the way audiences have embraced this brilliant company there, and in Brisbane and Melbourne, has been astonishing and I know Adelaide will feel exactly the same.”

Mary Poppins in Adelaide
When: 1 July to Sunday 27 August, 2023
Where: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Tickets: Click here

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