The Mayflower Theatre is inviting audiences into no.17 Cherry Tree Lane to see the multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins, which has been created by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh.

Mary Poppins is timeless. It is loved by all ages; a true classic of our times and the musical certainly doesn’t disappoint. Suitable for young and old (including a 3 1/2 year old!) the performance casts a spell as the much-loved Nanny takes Jane and Michael Banks and the audience under her unique style of childcare.  With plenty of fun and sparkle, favourite songs such as: ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’, ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ and ‘Feed the Birds’ all feature along with new songs such as the catchy ‘Practically Perfect’ which will have you humming and toe-tapping along.

The story is the creation of Julian Fellowes and flows beautifully with new scenes adding depth to the each character’s story such as the Brimstone and Treacle scene which is a hint of Mr Banks’ childhood.  The scenes that lead into the spectacular that is ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ seamlessly mix the old with the new creating a vibrant song and dance sensation with a tremendously co-ordinated, fast paced dance routine which just makes you want to clap and the tap-dancing scene of Step in Time is fantastic with an upside down treat as Bert walks up the walls and across the ceiling.

MARY POPPINS - Step In Time - Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and the Company. Photo credit Johan Persson
As well as the outstanding performance of all the cast, the set design and special effects are stunning. The Banks’ House looks like a dolls house which opens and moves to create the movement from room to room. Balls and swirls of twinkling lights create the appearance that magic happening before your eyes and when Mary Poppins first appears, there is a puff of smoke and shooting stars – she literally appears from nowhere.

The beautiful illustrations which provide the backdrop to the scenes at the bank provide clever perspectives for the darker scenes, contrasted with the carnivalesque scenes of Jolly Holiday which is full of zest as the park comes to life.The show includes additional scenes which add a deeper level to the story of Mary Poppins and the Banks family where the underlying morals and life lessons highlight the importance of family and of course, fun!

Zizi Strallen is outstanding as Mary Poppins and Matt Lee who’s performance of Bert is pure brilliance. Both embrace the loveable characters with such energy for the routines. All the cast delivered a fantastic performance fully deserving the standing ovation at the end.

Seeing young eyes light up at the magic of Mary Poppins, the enthusiastic clapping and the astonishment as Mary says her goodbyes before flying from the stage – her iconic silhouette moving across the theatre, is a memory to cherish.

Thank you Mary Poppins, you were practically perfect in every way.

Mary Poppins which is on at The Mayflower until the 19th June – tickets are available here.