Everything you need to know about Mamma Mia! in London's West End


How long is Mamma Mia! in London? Where is the show playing? We answer all of your questions about Mamma Mia! in London's West End!

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When did Mamma Mia! open in the West End?

Mamma Mia! premiered in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6th April 1999, before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004. The show subsequently opened at the Novello Theatre in September 2012, where it remains to this day.

What is the running time of Mamma Mia! in London?

Mamma Mia! has a running time of 2 hours & 35 minutes including an interval.

Where is Mamma Mia! playing in London?

Mamma Mia! is currently playing at the Novello Theatre in London's West End. Mamma Mia! has been playing at the Novello Theatre since 2012 after it played at the Prince Edward Theatre & the Prince of Wales Theatre.

What is Mamma Mia! the Musical in London about?

Set on a small Greek island, Mamma Mia! follows the story of bride-to-be Sophie, who is dreaming of a perfect wedding where her father will give her away. The only problem is that she has three possible dads and is unsure who her real father is! When Sophie learns from her mother's old diary that her father might be either: Sam, Bill, and Harry, she secretly invites them all to the wedding, certain that she'll know who her real father is. But when she finally sees them, Sophie struggles to know which of the three men is the actual one. Catherine Johnson's jukebox musical inspired the hit film adaptation and features the timeless songs of the Swedish pop group, ABBA including 'Dancing Queen', 'The Winner Takes It All', and 'Mamma Mia'. Nominated for the 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. 

What age group is Mamma Mia! in London suitable for?

The recommended viewing age for Mamma Mia! is 5 and above. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.

Is there a dress code for Mamma Mia! in the West End?

There is no dress code for Mamma Mia! or any other West End show - wear anything you feel comfortable wearing to the theatre! Jeans and trainers are perfectly acceptable, though many theatregoers opt for a smart casual dress code, particularly for evening performances. Want to know more about London theatre etiquette? Check out our blog that answers 10 FAQs about going to a London theatre show!

What do audiences think of Mamma Mia! in the West End?

Theatre critics and audiences have very positive things to say about Mamma Mia! the Musical. In a 2009 review, The Guardian's Veronica Lee stated ‘Mamma Mia!’ is the ultimate feel-good tale of love conquering all. It is completely uncynical and consistently compelling – it's the perfect show for someone who says they don't like theatre, or who ‘doesn't do musicals".

Check out what some real audience members thought about their trip to Mamma Mia! below!

Jax 2344 gave Mamma Mia! (West End) a 92

Great singing, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining
December 20th, 2022

See it if You like ABBA, jukebox musicals, chick flicks and comedy.

Don't see it if You don’t like fluffy romantic shows and you don’t like jukebox musicals.

Marc 2213 gave Mamma Mia! (West End) a 80

Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining
August 1st, 2022

See it if You’re taking another half or in a group and enjoy the music of ABBA. Not looking for a serious story either.

Don't see it if you don’t like ABBA or you do like singing along to them, as you’re told at the start not to!

Jordan Hayter gave Mamma Mia! (West End) a 70

Nostalgic, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful
October 21st, 2022

See it if If you love the film, it is an absolute must-see. It has all the same songs plus some extra and is a great night out.

Don't see it if If you are an absolute die-hard fan of the film, sorry to say but Meryl Streep and Julie Walters are not in this production.

Kaitlyn 2361 gave Mamma Mia! (West End) a 59

Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched
December 27th, 2022

See it if You like the movie and enjoy ABBA music! This is great as a gateway musical to get you into musicals in general

Don't see it if You want something more set wise and want something new or different it follows the movie closely and it was minimalistic. Not a favourite