Mary Poppins returning to cinemas for its 60th birthday

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Disney’s Mary Poppins is 60 years old in 2024 – and it’s returning to UK cinemas in March to mark the occasion.

The joyous Disney favourite Mary Poppins is approaching a special birthday this year, with the movie – as the headline to this very piece suggests – now 60 years old.

Directed by Robert Stevenson, penned by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi – based on the work of P L Travers of course – the movie is best known for the mighty Julie Andrews in the lead role. That and, of course, Dick Van Dyke’s entirely convincing Londoner.

It’s a much-loved movie that technically hits 60 this August. However, no problem with getting the party started early: we now learn that the film is returning to over 100 UK cinemas on March 29th 2024.

The re-release isn’t coming direct from Disney, rather through Park Circus (the company we have to thank for handling the re-release of Fight Club the same month, that we reported yesterday). We don’t have the exact cinema count, but over 100 screens suggest that a relatively wide release is on the cards.

Expect pre-booking to open up over the next couple of weeks.

Had fate taken a different course, then we would have had more Mary Poppins movies over the last decade, of course. 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns returned just shy of $350m, which doesn’t satisfy modern day accountants, certainly not at a point when a Disney movie barrier for success for closer to $1bn in takings. Emily Blunt had been apparently set to reprise the role of Poppins for future movies after Mary Poppins Returns, but sadly, it wasn’t to be.

We were also supposed to get a sequel in the 1980s, but it never happened then.

Still, nobody can take away the Poppins films that we got, and as such, it’s a very welcome opportunity to meet Mary Poppins  on the big screen again this coming March. Who knows? There might even be the occasional singalong screening too…

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