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Closed September 1, 2012

The feel-good factor of a Greek island holiday!

The Guardian

Why See Mamma Mia?

THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

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.

WHAT'S THE PLOT?

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

The costumes for the Super Trouper sequence are made up of over 400 metres of Lycra.

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Additional Information

Dates

Previews from: 4 June 2004

Opening night: 9 June 2004

Audience

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.

Run time

2 hours 35 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Sanne den Besten as Sophie Sheridan
Linzi Hateley as Donna Sheridan
Jemma Revell as Ali
Amy Webb as Lisa
Mazz Murray as Tanya
Jo Napthine as Rosie
Richard Carson as Sky
Filippo Coffano as Pepper
Jake Small as Eddie
Alasdair Harvey as Harry Bright
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart as Bill Austin
Richard Trinder as Sam Carmichael
Stephen John-Davis as Father Alexander
Sorelle Marsh as Alternate Donna/Ensemble
Craig Anthony-Kelly as Swing/Assistant Dance Captain

Ensemble
Felipe Bejarano, Jonathon Bentley,Edward Chitticks, Georgina Castle, Louise Dalton, Ben Darcy, Jennifer Hepburn,Rebecca McKinnis, Samira Mighty,George Miller, Robbie Scotcher, Amy West

Swing
Tabitha Camburn, Adam Clayton-Smith, Rebecca Giacopazzi, Katy Hards, Robert Knight,Stacey Leanne Mills

Creative

Music & Lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Book by Catherine Johnson
Directtion by Phyllida Lloyd
Choreography by Anthony van Laast
Production Design by Mark Thompson
Lighting Design by Howard Harrison

What we thought

Winner party FUN!

This is basically a party and if you're not on your feet dancing along to the big finale then you went to the wrong theatre.

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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What you thought

62 reviews, average rating: (4.8 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Graham: “A terrific show”

I took my girlfriend to see Mamma Mia last Valentine's Day, we had seats... more

Jim: “A feelgood couple of hours”

I am just about to leave to see Mama Mia with the family for the 5th time.... more

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