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 stand-up comedians and revered 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.
I suspect it will make its intended audience very happy indeed
Miles Jupp's performance is practically perfect in every way
A one-man show is not easy to pull off, but Miles Jupp performs superbly
Comic Miles Jupp leads this very likeable drama about ‘Mary Poppins’ actor David Tomlinson
Miles Jupp is perfectly cast in a warm, whimsical biographical play about British actor David Tomlinson
A wash of charm over Jupp, a Magritte-ish wash of blue colour over the set, a touch of whimsy in his rendition of the song from Mary Poppins and you're ready to go fly a kite in Finsbury Park with Mr Banks
Incredibly touching and really enjoyable, although it may not be for everyone
An affectionate and moving resumé of the life of Mary Poppins star David Tomlinson
The genial narrative style fails to take these stories to the dark edge that's required
Though it’s often charming, the persistent emphasis on gently amusing anecdotes means the more poignant elements of Tomlinson’s story don’t have quite enough room to breathe