Mamma Mia! Reviews

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Average customer review: 5.0 star rating (4.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 84



5.0 star rating Sarah Jackson from Oxford,


We have just seen the matinee show of Mamma Mia in Oxford and what a show. Special thanks and congratulations go to the young lady doing the sign language. She was amazing. Fantastic feel good show- thanks to the cast and musicians.

5.0 star rating Susan Walker from Oxford,


Saw this today and loved it from start to finish! The absolute professionalism of the cast and the brilliant choreography made for a stunning show. This was a signed show for the deaf and my admiration for the young lady who was signing knows no bounds! She missed nothing, signing the songs as well as the spoken script. Altogether a wonderful show!

5.0 star rating Tracey Holloway from Oxford,


Early Christmas present from my daughter. I absolutely loved every second! Huge congratulations to all the cast, you made my night and heart sing. On another note ~ please turn down the heating, far too hot.

5.0 star rating Angela Beaumont from Manchester, England


This was the first time I'd seen a show at the theatre all I can say os I'm hooked Loved the atmosphere, the actors/singers were all fantastic This was better than the film everyone in the theatre was up dancing and singing and it was electrical . Thank you to all the cast and the opera House staff for an amazing first experience of musical theatre

5.0 star rating Tracey from Manchester, England


What a brilliant night out, I'd happily go again. Laughed, danced and sang along.

5.0 star rating Yasmin Al-Sheklly from Manchester, England


Mamma Mia is a musical based on the 2008 hit film of the same title starring Meryl Streep. What is the plot? Mamma Mia is about Sophie Sheridan who is about to get married to Sky on the Greek island. She wants her father to take her down the aisle but the problem is that she does not know who he is. However when looking inside her mum’s diary with two of her friends she discovers that there are 3 possible candidates who could be her father. As a result she invites all 3 and when met face to face they have no idea that she existed in the first place. They then all turn up thinking that they can recover their past with Donna. Donna gets so scared and ignores them. This is when friendship and love become strong. What are the themes of the musical? Love, family, female empowerment and friendship Cast Sara Poyzer as Donna was excellent. She was funny and feisty. Her chemistry and mannerisms with all cast members were so special. She made the role her own. She was a natural on stage and her acting was so real especially in the emotional scenes when she comes face to face with the 3 men who she has not seen for a long time. Her version of The Winner Takes It All was exquisite to watch. Her vocals were angelic and it was full of emotion. The lyrics had a great meaning and the way she conveyed it was so genuine from the heart. We also see the infectious chemistry that she has with Sarah Earnshaw as Tanya and Nicky Swift as Rosie. They were the highlight of the show with their constant humour and their comedic timing was second to none. You could not stop laughing when they were on stage. The way they sang songs as a three some was great to watch especially in Chiquita and Dancing Queen. They definitely gave us that empowered feeling and it is clear to see the strong bond between them. Swift’s performance of Take A Chance On Me was genius. I loved how she started it off as a dialogue to which later it hits to the beat. Her hilarious expressions throughout add a spark of vitality here. She has bags of charisma and is a joy to watch on stage. The performances given by the three fathers were amazing to watch. Richard Standing as Sam, Noel Craig as Harry and Phil Corbitt as Bill. It was great to see how each one had their own distinct personality and their acting was brilliant. We witnessed the serious scenes between Standing (Sam) and Donna. Craig (Harry) was incredibly funny. The romantic chemistry was evident between Corbitt (Bill) and Donna in Our Last Summer. Jess Michaelmore as Sophie and Christopher Foley as Sky had brilliant chemistry with each other particularly when they were on stage together. Their presence on stage gave a sense of innocence and a youthful edge to the show. Their roles had lots of energy and charm. It was great to see how Jess (Sophie) role develops from a young girl who is worried and has no sense of identity in terms of who her father is to being a strong woman who knows exactly what she wants. Jaden Oshenye as Pepper was amazing. He was funny, had lots of energy with his moves on stage and touches your heart. The ensemble cast whom are Tanisha Butterfield as Ali, Freya Humberstone as Lisa and Archie Flynn as Eddie brought other ABBA tracks to life especially Voulez-Vous and Does Your Mother Know where the stage was on fire with their energy and lively performance. Sets We were transported to Greece in the sets of this energetic musical especially the beautiful blue sea vibe in the opening of the show. It was simple and effective but was on point with the plot. I loved how it matched the colours of the Greek flag having the blue chairs and white walls. I also loved how it was used to create different aspects of the stage such as the hotel, church, beach bar and everything else in between. Music and soundtrack The ABBA medley was beautifully performed in the opening sequence of the show . It gave us positive vibes and I am sure that the audience were pumped up for the action. Every song by ABBA featured in this musical was done to perfection and so I could not pick out a favourite as they are all great whether slow ballads or fast tracks. It was great to see how the songs were intertwined into the plot of this musical. It also ended on a high with a mini concert finale with Donna and the Dynamos performing Dancing Queen and Waterloo giving us Eurovision vibes. We all got up and had a proper boogie not having a care in the world. Costumes The costume choices were simple but classy. We saw lots of white lycra worn by the cast. The wedding dress worn by Sophies on her big day was gorgeous and brings out emotions of such an important day. In addition the black dress that was worn by Donna was effective and was poignant. Thank you for the music Mamma Mia. It is a super trooper of a show and if you have not seen it then Take A Chance on it. Plot 4/5 Humour 5/5 Sets 4/5 Acting 5/5 Choreography 5/5 Costumes 4/5 Lighting 4/5 Music 5/5 Vocals 5/5

5.0 star rating Annette Collins from Stourbridge, England


I went to this new production at the Novello theatre with my daughter and 15 year old granddaughter. We loved it! The best performance was from Donna and her two friends but everyone did well. Donna's mate's scene with the Aussie was so funny ( Take a Chance On Me) and the gymnastics/dancing of Sky's mates was terrific. A great afternoon!

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FUN musical LOUD

This is a show that you cannot get close enough to so front row seats are highly recommended.

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!

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