Drawing: Zizi Strallen in Mary Poppins

Autographed drawing of Zizi Strallen in Mary Poppins on UK Tour

One of the most popular and busy British theatre performers is 28 year-old Zizi Strallen. Fresh from a sell-out run of the acclaimed production FOLLIES at the National earlier this year, she is currently one of the leads in the stage adaption of Baz Luhrmann’s classic film STRICTLY BALLROOM – THE MUSICAL.

Prior to that she played the title role in Cameron Macintosh’s UK tour of MARY POPPINS throughout 2015. It’s a role her sister Scarlett also performed in the West End, Broadway and Sydney. Zizi kindly signed my Poppins pic at the Piccadilly stage door last weekend prior to the STRICTLY matinee.

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Drawing: Zizi Strallen

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Zizi Strallen, the third of the extraordinary Strallen sisters said in a recent interview “we have this thing that’s in the Strallen blood”. She describes herself on Twitter as: “Aka Sylphide. Sister, lover, comedienne, daughter, actress, fighter, friend, dreamer, writer … In no particular order!”

Zizi is currently on the UK tour of Cats playing the role of Demeter, which will take up residence at London’s Palladium Theatre over Christmas. Her parents Cherida and Sandy Strallen both performed in the original production of Cats.

I drew this quick portrait of Zizi which she signed after a performance as Meg in Merrily We Roll Along in the West End transfer at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the summer of 2013.