Mary Poppins

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Umbrellas at the ready, Sydneysiders. Spoons full of sugar, too. In the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious news you’ll hear all day, the Mary Poppins musical is making its way to the Lyric Theatre in May 2022.

Disney and theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh’s current version of the show tells the same tale that everyone knows from the 1964 film — which inspired this stage adaptation and also gave rise to big-screen sequel Mary Poppins Returns in 2018. Everything to do with the English governess harks back to PL Travers’ books about the character, of course, and pop culture has been thankful for and downright delighted with her stories for almost six decades now.

Over its seven-week run, theatre fans can look forward to a new version of the show that last graced the city’s stages — and won eight Helpmann Awards — back in 2011. Since Mackintosh first teamed up with writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) to bring Mary Poppins to the theatre in 2004, the production has won four Olivier Awards and a Tony as well.

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