The Life I Lead

Best remembered for playing Mr. Banks in Disney's classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent, forthright, proper, and a loveable fool. His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak.

The man who portrayed one of cinema's most famous patriarchs was defined by his relationship with his own father - a remote eccentric, who was hiding an extraordinary tragicomic secret.

The Life I Lead sees Miles Jupp, one of Britain's leading comics and actors (Mock the Week, The News Quiz, Rev, The Durrells) bring David Tomlinson's remarkable story to life.

A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across the generations, The Life I Lead fills in the blanks behind a very well-known face.


Monday - Saturday: 7:30 pm

Thursday, Saturday: 2:30 pm

Wyndham's Theatre

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by James Ayles - Sep 19, 2019
Miles Jupp thrives in this thoughtful and funny look at the life, times and career of British actor David Tomlinson, who died in 2000 aged 83 and was most famous for playing Mr Banks in the 1964 classic Mary Poppins.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2019
Evan Placey's award-winning drama Mother of Him, opens at Park Theatre on 18 September running until 26 October, with opening night on Tuesday 24 September at 7.00pm in Park200.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018
Park Theatre today announce their new January - June 2019 season. Featuring seven world and four UK/European premieres, thirteen productions include an array of new plays from celebrated writers, new work developed through Park Theatre's Script Accelerator programme and scripts based on true stories and personal accounts.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018
Miles Jupp, one of Britain's leading stand-up comedians and revered actors (Mock the Week, Balamory, The News Quiz, Rev, The Durrells), will tour the UK in 2019, with the world premiere of THE LIFE I LEAD by James Kettle, directed by Selina Cadell, opening at the Exeter Northcott on 6 February.
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2019
Jonathan Church, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath's Summer Season 2019 today announces further casting for its upcoming programme of eight plays.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2019
Following its critically acclaimed UK premiere, leading stand-up comedian, presenter and actor Miles Jupp is to bring his heart-warming show about the life of Walt Disney's consummate English gentleman, David Tomlinson, to London's West End. Written by James Kettle and co-directed by Selina Cadell and Didi Hopkins, The Life I Lead will play at the Wyndham's Theatre from 16 - 21 September 2019.
by BWW - Mar 6, 2012
When the sad news came out this morning that famed Disney songwriter Robert B. Sherman died yesterday, March 5, in London, some of our first thoughts here at BroadwayWorld went out to Tony-winner Marc Shaiman. Shaiman had been a huge proponent of the incredible 'THE BOYS - The Sherman Brothers' Story' documentary and it was his enthusiasm that sent us off to see the fantastic film, and our lives were better off for it. We asked Marc to put together some of his thoughts on Robert Sherman and are proud to present them below.
by Debbie Gilpin - Mar 20, 2019
Best known to many as Mr Banks in Mary Poppins, actor David Tomlinson actually had a quite extensive career on stage and screen - as well as more than his fair share of personal dramas. James Kettle's new play sees Tomlinson taking a trip down memory lane, recounting the challenges and successes of 40 years in acting; The Life I Lead stars comedian and actor Miles Jupp, and has just begun a short run at the Park Theatre as part of a nationwide tour.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
Get a first look at Theatre Royal Bath Productions' Blithe Spirit, Noel Coward's classic comedy starring BAFTA-winning comedian, actor and screenwriter Jennifer Saunders
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2018
Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce a remarkable 2018 new season with tickets now on sale for more than 30 shows.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2019
Theatre Royal Bath Productions today releases production photography for the UK premiere of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by the Tony Award-winning US director Walter Bobbie. The comedy stars Michelle Asante, Janie Dee, Mark Hadfield, Aysha Kala, Rebecca Lacey and Lewis Reeves and runs at the Ustinov Studio until 6 July with opening night for press this evening.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018
International advocacy organization Global Citizen today announced that Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa, a free-ticketed event on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2019
Miss Marple, The Queen and Margaret Thatcher will all take centre stage in Salisbury Playhouse's Spring 2019 season.
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Dec 29, 2016
Get to know a little about Helen Anker, who plays Queen Guenevere in the Chanhassen's latest production of CAMELOT, warming hearts with the legendary story by Lerner & Loewe.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2019
Full casting has been announced for Evan Placey's award-winning drama Mother of Him, which opens at Park Theatre on 18 September running until 26 October, with press night on Tuesday 24 September at 19.00 in Park200.
by Movies News Desk - Aug 26, 2014
Walt Disney Records' newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, celebrates the anniversaries of Disney's most cherished and classic films that have been enchanting audiences for generations.
by Movies News Desk - Aug 1, 2014
BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Walt Disney Records' newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, celebrates the anniversaries of Disney's most cherished and classic films that have been enchanting audiences for generations.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019
Park Theatre today announced their new July - December 2019 season. Featuring four World Premiere productions, two UK and London Premieres and a range of revivals from Broadway and the West End, the theatre also introduces a revised young person's membership scheme called Park Up.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2019
Theatre Royal Bath today announces four additional productions - Vienna 1934-Munich 1938, The Life I Lead, Trying It On and The Man in the White Suit, to complete its Summer Season 2019 programme and further casting with Katherine Parkinson, Janie Dee as well as Vanessa Redgrave, Miles Jupp and David Edgar among the stars set to take to the stage in both treasured classics and acclaimed new works.