Images have been released from the opening night of Mamma Mia! The Party at London’s o2.
Mamma Mia! The Party is set in a Taverna on the island of Skopelos, where most exteriors of the first Mamma Mia! film were shot. Nikos and his wife Kate run this exotic and wonderful restaurant together with their family and friends. Told through dialogue and ABBA songs, a warm, romantic and funny story evolves and unfolds during the evening, taking place around the guests as they sit at their tables enjoying a delicious Greek meal. The evening ends with the main floor transforming into a 1970’s disco, where audience members are welcome to stay to sing and dance to original ABBA recordings.
Björn Ulvaeus said, “I can’t believe we’re finally here, opening the iconic blue doors to Nikos Taverna! I have always felt very at home in the UK, so it means a lot to me to bring Mamma Mia! The Party to London. I can’t wait for the British public to experience it, because I know they know how to have fun!”
The London cast includes Fed Zanni as Nikos, Steph Parry as Kate, Joanna Monro as Debbie, AJ Bentley as Adam, Julia Imbach as Kostantina, Elin König Andersson as Bella, Kimberly Powell as Nina, Pauline Stringer as Grandma, Gregor Stewart as Fernando, with Linda John-Pierre playing Debbie at certain performances and Allie Ho Chee playing Bella at certain performances. Also in the cast are Molly Cleere, Jessica Spalis, Dawn Spence and Matthew Wesley. The musicians will be John Donovan, Luke Higgins, Kathryn Tindall, Steve Rushton and Mark Pusey.
Mamma Mia! The Party has music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (some songs with Stig Anderson), and a story by Calle Norlén, Roine Söderlundh and Björn Ulvaeus, adapted for the UK by writer, comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig. It is produced by Björn Ulvaeus and Ingrid Sutej for MM! The Party Ltd.
Mamma Mia! The Party is booking to 16 February 2020.
Photo credit: Dave Benett