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Mary Poppins (Susan Elkin reviews)

Mary Poppins continues at the Prince Edward Theatre, London.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

If you accept this techni-colorful, tuneful show on its own terms – rather than wanting it to be something it isn’t – it’s jolly enjoyable.

If you don’t, then you’ll be disappointed because the “magic” is pretty transparent and it sometimes feels like a variety show with many spectacular set pieces but not enough narrative focus.

So swallow that spoonful of sugar with Mary (Zizi Strallen) rather than treacle and brimstone with Miss Andrew (Claire Moore) and marvel at the panache of an imaginative production.

You won’t forget, for example, cheerful chappie, rubber legged Charlie Stemp – for whom the part of Bert might have been written – tap dancing on the ceiling.

And the dance (choreography by Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear) with the chimney sweeps leaves you amazed that human arms and legs can move so energetically and still …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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