Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have teamed up to produce Mary Poppins, Bringing to life Pamela Travers' fantastic Stories filled with eccentric and perceptive characters whose adventures have delighted every generation since they first appeared in the 1930's.
This show is not a copy of the movie, rather a fresh look at the stories in the first three Mary Poppins books by the Australian born Pamela Travers.
Written between 1934 and 1944, the books tell the story of the Banks family of Cherry Tree lane, a household in disarray until Poppins arrives.
Mr Banks' character has been 'deepened' and given 'a true crisis' After Mr Banks has been made redundant, he learns he has been 'ambushed by work and absorption in the wrong things'.
He rather fancies Mary Poppins, in a harmless sort of way, but is almost unaware of the effect she is having on the family life.
By the time he might be ready to say thank you, he is so absorbed in new found love for his family that she has disappeared to her other galaxy and is gone. Mrs Banks is no longer a fluffy 'sister suffragette'. She is an intelligent woman who has lost her way.
Is it Jane and Michael Banks who need a nanny? Or is it their parents, George and Winifred who actually need more looking after? Only one thing is certain, after Mary Poppins arrives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with her no nonsense approach to making the right choices in life, nothing will be the same again.