Can’t spare the time and expense for a Greek island holiday? A London theatre break with Mamma Mia! at its heart is the next best thing.
Now celebrating its 15th sunkissed year as the world’s brightest, breeziest smash-hit musical, the Abba-centric show is built around more than 20 massive hit songs by Sweden’s ultimate pop group.
The airy plot is the stuff of classic romantic comedy. Young Sophie lives on a beautiful Greek island with her free-spirited mum Donna. Life seems idyllic, but there’s trouble in paradise.
Sophie’s about to get married, but neither she nor Donna knows which of three possible candidates is her dad. If she doesn’t find out quick, she’ll have no one to walk her down the aisle.
It falls to Sophie to solve the mystery, as well as keep Donna sweet and her own love life on the straight and narrow. You’re never too far from the next big singalong number on this blissfully fun ride.
If you’re a fan of pop you’re a fan of Abba, so it’s a snooty theatregoer indeed who’d take issue with the music on offer in Mamma Mia!
As for the rest of us, we can link arms with our own mums, daughters and gal pals and head out on a London theatre break that offers a blissful escape from the travails of everyday life and a golden opportunity too dig out our disco boots. It’s even possible – whisper it – that blokes might have a good time too.
The current cast includes Alice Stokoe as Sophie Sheridan, Richard Trinder as Sam Carmichael, Rosanna Bates as Ali, Brodie McBride as Lisa, Kim Ismay as Tanya, Rebecca Lock as Rosie and Dianne Pilkington as Donna Sheridan.