Doncaster show tells moving story of Disney actor David Tomlinson

The Life I Lead is a new play from writer James Kettle about the Mary Poppins star David Tomlinson, starring comedian and actor Miles Jupp.

Monday, 18th February 2019, 16:53 pm
Updated Monday, 18th February 2019, 16:57 pm
Miles Jupp as Disney actor David Tomlinson in one-man show The Life I Lead

The one-man show looks at the actor, who also played Professor Browne in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

James said: “I wrote the play for Miles - while I was watching Mary Poppins it struck me that there were some vocal and physical similarities between Tomlinson and him. 

“I discovered two extraordinary father-son relationships; the relationship with his father, who had two separate households – one in London and the other in Folkestone – and the relationship with his son Willy, who was one of the first children in the UK to be diagnosed with autism.”

Miles said he wanted audience to be “entertained, moved and made to think. And I want people to come away thinking ‘I would never have thought he had a life like that’.”

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The Life I Lead is at Cast in Doncaster on February 27 and 28. Box office: 01302 303 959 or