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Mary Poppins Returns

Rob Marshall

“Wind’s in the east / Mist coming in / Like something is brewing, about to begin / Can’t put my finger on what lies in store / But I feel what’s to happen all happened before.” It’s taken just over 50 years since the original film, but the magical Mary Poppins is set to descend from the clouds once again, and spread a little joy and wonder in all our hearts. What more could we possibly want at Christmas time?

“a brand new collection of songs and a practically perfect cast list...”

Based on the original novels by P.L. Travers and set 24 years after Mary’s first visit to Cherry Tree Lane, Mary Poppins Returns begins as Michael Banks now has a family of his own and is working at the same bank his father and grandfather once did. A family tragedy coupled with money worries leaves Michael struggling to care for his three children, but just as the family fear things will get worse, Mary Poppins re-enters their lives.

Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into The Woods), this latest musical extravaganza features a brand new collection of songs and a practically perfect cast, led by Emily Blunt as Mary and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack (a former apprentice of Bert, the chimney sweep). Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw play the grown up Banks children Jane and Michael, ably supported by a host of screen talent, including Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and Julie Walters. There’s even an all singing, all dancing cameo from now 92-year-old Dick van Dyke, returning to his memorable role as elderly bank director Mr Dawes Sr from the original film. Once again blending live action with animation sequences (those lovable dancing penguins are back), this promises to be a truly jolly holiday treat for all the family!