Hats off to Mary Poppins

Zizi Strallen and Matt Lee as Mary and Bert in Mary Poppins
Zizi Strallen and Matt Lee as Mary and Bert in Mary Poppins

Zizi Strallen and Matt Lee as Mary and Bert in Mary Poppins

It’s slightly cart before horse – not to mix our anthropomorphic metaphors – but we’re delighted that Disney and impresario Cameron Mackintosh are mounting a major new tour of Mary Poppins this coming autumn. And we send our very best Love Birds wishes to our very favourite nanny and chimneysweep, Mary and Bert (who’ll be played by, as just announced, actors Zizi Strallen and Matt Lee). The Mary Poppins tour opens at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015, and tours for a whole year to ten other fine-feathered UK theatres.

Meanwhile, of course, you can see Parker, Presley, Pewcey and Puck – who may bear slight resemblance to the four penguins waiters that Zizi and Matt … ahem, we mean Mary and Bert – having a jolly holiday of their own in Love Birds at London’s Lost Theatre on 28 and 29 July and, in a world premiere fashion, at the Edinburgh Fringe in August!