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Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
Ended 1 Sep 2012 after 8 years
The feel-good factor of a Greek island holiday!
Based around the songs of Swedish pop legends ABBA, Mamma Mia! is a true worldwide musical phenomenon. The feel-good musical is now currently installed in both The West End and Broadway, and has countless touring versions performing across the globe. In 2008 it spawned a movie adaptation, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. Helmed by the musical's original director Phyllida Lloyd, it became the largest grossing movie musical of all time.
The show was originally conceived by English producer Judy Craymer and written by Catherine Johnson. With the blessing of Abba's songwriters, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the show premiered in the West End in 1999. It's mixture of classic pop songs, skin tight Lycra outfits and unabashed positivity was a runaway success, confounding the creator's own rather humble expectations. The score contains all your favourite ABBA numbers including Dancing Queen, SOS, The Winner Takes it All and Super Trouper.
Sophie is preparing for her wedding to fiancee Sky on a sunny Greek Island. The one problem is that she doesn't know who her father is. Leafing through her mother's diary, she discovers that it could be one of three men. Taking matters into her own hands, she invites all three to the ceremony, hoping that she'll spark up an instant connection with whoever is meant to walk her down the aisle.
So, the big day approaches and all the guests arrive. Sophie's mother Donna is horrified at the sight of her former lovers, never suspecting that she would ever set eyes on them again. Sophie meanwhile is unable to pick out her biological father from the trio. Confusion, farcical misunderstandings and a whole lot of singing ensues as Sophie tries to figure it out, all the while fighting her nagging doubts about the wedding itself.
The costumes for the Super Trouper sequence are made up of over 400 metres of Lycra.
Previews from: 4 June 2004
Opening night: 9 June 2004
Closing night: 1 September 2012
Age recommendation 5+. Mamma Mia! is good for late junior school, secondary school and college age kids and anyone who likes ABBA. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Prince of Wales Theatre.
2 hours 35 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.
This is a party and if you're not on your feet dancing along to the big finale then you went to the wrong theatre! more »
63 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)
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