The smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre is celebrating its 23rd birthday today!
ABBA musical Mamma Mia! had its world premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999 – 23 years ago today. The show then moved to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004, and finally to its current home at the Novello Theatre in 2012.
To celebrate, the show has announced that it is extending its booking period at the Novello, and is now booking to Sunday 5 March 2023.
Producer Judy Craymer told the press today that: “When we opened the show back in 1999, I never imagined we’d still be here 23 years later! It shows the love the public hold for this feelgood musical set on a sunny Greek island. It is joyous and positive – something we all need right now. MAMMA MIA! is the original Girl Power musical about four amazing, strong females – and with a creative team to match!”
Last month Mamma Mia! also hit another milestone, with its 9,000th West End performance, and the London production has been seen by over 9 million people.
The London cast features Mazz Murray as Donna, Josie Benson as Tanya, Gemma Goggin as Rosie, Richard Trinder as Sam, Neil Moors as Harry, Stephen Beckett as Bill, Emma Mullen as Sophie, Jack Danson as Sky, Tegan Bannister as Ali, Sophie Matthew as Lisa, Michael Nelson as Eddie and Alexandros Beshonges as Pepper, with Natalie Langston playing the role of Donna at certain performances.
Also in the cast are Natasha Agnew, Chloe Ames, Gemma Atkins, Chloe-Jo Byrnes, Nicole Carlisle, Angus Good, Natalie Jayne Hall, Lauren Hampton, James Humpleman, Morgan Jackson, Frankie Jones, Grace Moorhouse, Jodie Nolan, Dan O’Brien, George Olney, Michael Storrs, Kyle Turner, Amy Thiroff, Michael Tyler, Simon Willmont and Alex Woodward.
Mamma Mia! has music and lyrics by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.
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