Let your imagination take flight, as you rediscover the power of family, the joy of youth and the indelible memories that come to life at Cherry Tree Lane. Come and step into the magical world of Mary Poppins. Brilliantly adapted from the beloved books by Australia’s own P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins is now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.
This enchanting production lifts audiences to unparalleled heights and places the show at the top of every theatregoer’s ‘must-see’ list.
The Australian production features an all-star cast, with Matt Lee as Bert, Philip Quast as Mr George Banks, Marina Prior as Mrs Winifred Banks, Sally Anne Upton as Mrs Brill, Christopher Rickerby as Robertson Ay, Judi Connelli as Miss Andrew, and Debra Byrne as The Bird Woman. After an exhaustive search, the title role of Mary Poppins will be played by Australian Verity Hunt-Ballard.
Read the rave reviews of the biggest show in town!
View a seating plan of the auditorium at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
Official Mary Poppins merchandise, include apparel, programmes, cast recordings, parrot-head umbrellas and accessories, is available online.
NB. Above details correct at time of publication but subject to change.
Mike Walsh OBE and Her Majesty’s Theatre congratulate Francine Cain, the winner of the Rob Guest Endowment for 2010 as presented by the ANZ Trustees Foundation. Francine was among 6 finalists, Drew Weston, Bree Langridge, Sarah Bakker, Simon Brook McLachlan and Nathan Derrick in this year’s competition. Her brilliant performance of “Shy” and “Maybe I Like It This Way”, swayed judges Kellie Dickerson, Roger Hodgman, Karen Johnson Mortimer, Jon Nicholls and Guy Simpson.
With very spirited hosting by Bert Newton, the concert again saw some of Australia’s finest musical theatre performers take the stage including Rachael Beck, Danielle Barnes and Mandy Carnie, Chris Horsey, Mark Hill, Matt Lee, Leah Howard, Amanda Harrison, David Harris, Lucy Durack, Matthew Robinson, Esther Hannaford, Chris Parker, Rhonda Burchmore, Tom Burlinson, Chloe Dallimore, Michael Cormick, Danielle Matthews PLUS performances by the cast of WICKED and MARY POPPINS.
After the sudden death of Rob Guest OBE in 2008, and in recognition of his achievements in the musical theatre industry, ANZ Trustees established a memorial fund in honour to help emerging young performers in music theatre. The Rob Guest Endowment Award was first held last year, and shall be given annually to an emerging musical theatre star selected by a panel of industry experts and, together with an array of events that take place across the country, this initiative will continue to provide a supportive, nurturing and exciting environment for young Australian stars to flourish within. Details of finalists and winner for 2009 may be found here.
Did you really want to get that Supercalifragilistic T-shirt after all? Or maybe you want another copy of the official programme, or forgot to pickup a parrot-head umbrella on the way out. Perhaps you haven’t been to the show yet, but want to listen to the soundtrack beforehand. Or you know someone dead-keen on Mary Poppins, and want to get them a birthday present?
You can come into the theatre while a show is playing, but if that’s not possible, then you can now order your merchandise over the Internet!
Just visit the Merchandise page to view the terrific range, from DVDs and soundtracks, to tshirts and caps, and even snowglobes, mugs and umbrellas! You can securely order the full range, and have it delivered to your door, quicker than you can spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Performances up to 27th February 2011 are now available through Ticketek – but hurry, these tickets are selling faster than you can sing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! And unlike Mary’s magical carpet bag, these tickets are extremely limited!
Don’t miss out on this practically perfect piece of musical theatre! Read more about Mary Poppins, view our Mary Poppins hospitality functions, book online now or call the Mary Poppins hotline on 1300 555 593.
The Maj Cafe Bar has re-opened, and it looks and feels amazing!
The sparkling new space feels much more open, and includes sumptuous new fuchsia leather couches (which are extremely comfortable!), ambient lighting and a spectacular bevelled, black glass wall behind a sweeping curved bar.
The Maj has been the main bar for HMT patrons for years, and we wanted to do something special for you all. The award-winning team at DEA Interiors and our own HMT crew have transformed the space into something amazing. Impressively, the whole construction was completed in just over four weeks, and during a time when we were also bumping-in the extensive Mary Poppins set!
The café trades during the day, with our new chef serving hot breakfasts (including the famous Maj Muffin) and fresh lunches, including daily soup, sandwiches, delicious salads and other winter warmers! We’re still pouring the same great Vittoria Coffee, and as a licensed café and bar, our extensive list of wines, champagnes and beers is available whenever The Maj is open!
Importantly, The Maj still has that special touch of ‘theatrical magic’ that made it so warm and welcoming. So when you’re next in town, make sure you come and check it out.
16 June 2010 marks ten years since Mike Walsh OBE purchased Her Majesty’s Theatre.
In 2000, HMT was in severe disrepair, and it seemed like nothing could save it from the wrecking ball. In the ten years since then, several million dollars have been invested in repairing, renovating and rejuvenating this theatrical icon, and has hosted blockbuster musicals, drama, comedy and opera to millions of patrons.
We can now look back on that date as a turning point for The Maj, and can look forward to many more years of the theatre being Melbourne’s home of the world’s greatest musicals.
When several semi-trailers start rumbling down Little Bourke Street, carrying over 150 tonnes of equipment, you know that a major musical is bumping in to Her Majesty’s Theatre. For two weeks already, the crew has been engrossed in rigging hundreds of lights, flying scenery and sets, and installing speakers throughout the auditorium.
As you could only expect from Cameron Mackintosh and Disney Theatrical Productions, Mary Poppins is a magical, visually spectacular production, and so it will take up to six weeks to completely fit out the theatre, ready for Mary to fly in!
In addition to the 50+ bump-in crew, front-of-house designers and unknown numbers toiling in scenery workshops in Melbourne and Adelaide, the cast are also working hard! They are now well into their rehearsals and getting a thorough workout before the show’s international director Richard Eyre arrives in Australia to oversee the final rehearsals. At a recent media call, the cast performed the show-stopper Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and left the media spellbound!
The anticipation is certainly growing around the theatre, and we’re so excited this musical smash hit is almost here. Make sure you get your tickets soon, so you too can be part of the anticipation for the next big show in town.
A complete revamp of The Maj Cafe and Bar has now begun in earnest! It will reopen on Tuesday 6 July, just in time for the Australian premiere of Mary Poppins!
The Maj has been the main bar for Her Majesty’s Theatre patrons for years, and we wanted to do something special for all our patrons, both those who visit the cafe during the day, and the bar during performances. The sparkling new space includes sumptuous new furniture, atmospheric lighting and a spectacular bevelled, black glass wall behind a sweeping curved bar.
The upgraded bar and open design will give patrons even easier and faster access to the bars during performances, and make it a much more comfortable space during the day – without losing any of that special ‘theatrical magic’ for which The Maj has become renowned! You’ll be able to enjoy great coffee, even better food for breakfast and lunch, and access our extensive and popular wine list!
The creative designers from DEA Interiors, who were recently announced with three finalists in the Retail Design Institute Awards, are undertaking the design and renovation of The Maj. They have created a stunning design, using the Art Deco architecture style as a base and developing a unique and special atmosphere that complements the whole theatre.
Everyone at HMT can’t wait to open this newly-designed space to all friends of The Maj. Be sure to check back here for updates as the work progresses, and join us on 6th July for the relaunch!
On Sunday 30 May, Her Majesty’s Theatre – and Melbourne – said goodbye to the 10th Anniversary Tour of MAMMA MIA!
The show went out with a bang – literally, with glitter cannons! Anne Wood made a quick impromptu speech on stage, thanking the cast and crew who made the show happen each night. Then it was business as usual, with the entire audience up from their chairs and dancing in the aisles!
MAMMA MIA! is a great show to have at HMT, with audiences night after night coming out elated and walking on air. We would like to congratulate the cast, the crew and the producers for another exceptional and successful season, and wish them ‘chookas’ for their seasons in Perth and Brisbane.
All remaining tickets to the Melbourne season of MAMMA MIA! have been reduced to $74.90!
There are also some great last-minute deals for their final week of performances:
Family and Friends: A fantastic package which will get you 4 ‘A Reserve’ tickets for $339 for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances, and $379 for Friday 8pm and Sunday 5.30pm performances.
Children’s Price 15 & Under: MAMMA MIA! has been incredibly popular with the young audiences, who have loved the film and now adore the live stage version. Tickets for children aged 15 and under are now available for $58.90 in A and B reserve seats, for Tuesday, Wednesday 8pm and Thursday performances.
All of these great specials are available through Ticketek now. Don’t miss out before the show leaves Melbourne!