Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Enchanting
About the Show
Olivier Award-nominated jukebox musical featuring the hits of Swedish pop group, ABBA.
Set on a small Greek island, bride-to-be Sophie dreams 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.
“The songs of ABBA take centre stage in this riotously fun musical about a young woman trying to find out who on earth her dad is...The star-studded 2008 film...only bolstered the success of the original source material, which offers a bonding evening for mothers and daughters everywhere. It’s an evening packed with hits that you already know all the words to, from Dancing Queen to Waterloo, but it’s also a heartwarming story of unconventional families and rekindling lost love.”
“Ten years on, ‘Mamma Mia!’ – a love story set to Abba songs – still doesn't rival Sophocles, but it remains as stonkingly, wonderfully, unbelievably good as the first time I saw it...Apart from having some of the finest pop songs ever written, ‘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’.”
“Some of the songs are oddly static, but when the choreography does get going it's terrific...The current cast appear to have been chosen more for their singing voices than their serious acting ability. But who needs dramatic conviction when you have purest pop to do the convincing for you? Given the songs, a story just about solid enough to stay upright on its platform heels...it's impossible not to fall for 'Mamma Mia!'s’ twinkling charms.”