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All About MAMMA MIA!

Mamma Mia! The Musical The British government is being extremely cagey about the prospect of us having a summer holiday this year. So perhaps it is no surprise that we've seen an upturn in interest in this fabulous holiday themed show that incorporates hits from the Swedish pop legends ABBA. You may already have seem the much loved film starring Meryl Streep and its sequel but before all that it was a box-office, record-breaking, theatre hit. And Mamma Mia! is still going strong in London or at least it will be this June when it returns to the Novello Theatre after the threat from Covid subsides.

I’ve yet to meet anyone, ABBA fan or not, that hasn’t been utterly beguiled, not just by the show’s music but also by the story line that cleverly doesn’t overwhelm it. The plot is just intriguing enough to keep you interested in between hearing the beloved songs which made you book in the first place. Yes, they are often incorporated in a cheesy way but that's part of the fun of it . I first saw the show quite early on during its initial run in London. Way back then, when the audience laughed as the cast suddenly switched from dialogue to singing, it took the performers by surprise. But that was years ago and now guessing which famous song will come next and in what context is all part of the fun.

To sum up you're absolutely guaranteed a Greek sunshine infused, fabulous time at this happiest of shows.

What's the MAMMA MIA! story?

We meet English mum Donna and her daughter Sophie at the taverna that they chaotically run on a Greek island. They're preparing for Sophie’s marriage to boyfriend Sky and Donna is looking forward to the arrival of her two old friends Rosie and Tanya to give moral support. Sophie, however, has sent some wedding invitations of a different kind. Donna has never told Sophie who her father is. There are three possibilities and she invites each to the wedding, without telling her mother, in the hope that the truth will be revealed. As you might expect all ends happily with much celebration in the moonlight.

Music and well known songs in MAMMA MIA!

It’s like a banquet of classic pop!

  • Honey, Honey
  • Money, Money, Money
  • Thank You for the Music
  • Mamma Mia
  • Chiquitita
  • Dancing Queen
  • Lay All Your Love on Me
  • Super Trouper
  • Gimme! Gimme!
  • The Name of the Game
  • Voulez-Vous
  • Under Attack
  • One of Us
  • S.O.S.
  • Does Your Mother Know
  • Honey, Honey
  • Money, Money, Money
  • Thank You for the Music
  • Mamma Mia
  • Chiquitita
  • Dancing Queen
  • Lay All Your Love on Me
  • Super Trouper
  • Gimme! Gimme!
  • The Name of the Game
  • Voulez-Vous
  • Under Attack
  • One of Us
  • S.O.S.
  • Does Your Mother Know
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Our Last Summer
  • Slipping Through My Fingers
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • Take a Chance on Me
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  • I Have A Dream

Who are MAMMA MIA!’s stars and creative team?

The ABBA brand and songs are the stars here so don’t expect any celebrities but the show is meticulously maintained by the producers to insure you see the very finest cast of West End regulars and young musical theatre talent bringing the show to fresh exhilarating life at every performance.

What do LONDON BOX OFFICE customers say about MAMMA MIA!?

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Frequently asked questions about MAMMA MIA!

Who is MAMMA MIA! for?

Everybody aged from 7 up will have a great time at this show. Some of the language and attitudes towards love, sex and marriage are very contemporary but there’s nothing that will alarm the majority of people.

Where is the MAMMA MIA! theatre and when can I see it?

MAMMA MIA! will re-open at the Novello Theatre, London on 7 June 2021, subject to the government easing restrictions.

You'll find the Novello Theatre at the top of the Strand where it intersects with Covent Garden. Both Covent Garden and Charing Cross stations are a 10 - 15 minute walk away.

Is there a dress code?

No, dress comfortably and as you would for any public space.

Fun facts about MAMMA MIA!

You will no doubt have encountered the film Mamma Mia! and its sequel Mamma Mia! - Here We Go Again! but did you know that there's also a Bollywood version from 1999 entitled THE MOTHER.

As far as I know there's been no attempt to stage cinema’s Mamma Mia! sequel however the show has spawned a party experience. Before the lockdown you could go to the O2 walk into a themed restaurant, hear the songs, be served Greek food and generally have a great time. Hopefully we'll be able to do this again too before very long.