I have a confession to make. I haven’t seen and have no desire to see Mary Poppins Returns. Is that bad? Aren’t I meant to be chomping at the bit to see the classic story come to life once again? I’m definitely the prime audience for it, grew up with the OG movie, love musical theatre and am a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda, but just can’t bring myself to spend the money on it.
There has been a rise of late of big pop-culture names appearing as leading cast members in upcoming West End Shows. I can’t remember a year so crammed with celebs splashed on theatre news sites, buses, marketing campaigns and theatre marquees. It got me thinking, do we have an issue with star casting?