Mamma Mia! (4 stars)

SECC, Glasgow, until Sat 27 Apr

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This article is from 2008.

Mamma Mia!

MUSICAL

Truly global phenomena are becoming something of a cliché: there’s a McDonald’s on every street corner, a Nestlé product in every home, and a production of Mamma Mia! running in every country in the world, simultaneously. Probably.

The jukebox musical, which keeps relentlessly adding to the more than 30 million viewers it has acquired since its first production back in 1999, recounts the now familiar story of Sophie Sheridan’s (Haley Flaherty) quest to identify her father, one of her mother Donna’s (Carolanne Weidle) three lovers from a holiday in Greece 20 years before.

Pounding the senses with the concussive force of a glittering platform to the chest, there’s every reason to wonder why Abba were ever out of vogue. Mark Thompson’s simple swivelling, white-washed set lets the music take centre stage, as a typically slick production is capped by impressively complementary vocals from the female leads. The oestrogen-fuelled comedy by no means establishes a male exclusion zone, and with comical choreography, from the Dick Van Dyke flipper dance to the luminous Pet Shop Boys-style swimmers, there’s plenty worth consuming. Its eagerness to cram in a few too many songs might be to its detriment, but with a film version coming later this year it seems impossible to argue with the Swedish pop experience.

This article is from 2008.

Mamma Mia!

  • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Written by: lyrics)

The smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba continues to storm the UK.

Brighton Centre

Tue 15 Aug

£15–£50 / 0844 847 1515

Wed 16 Aug

£15–£50 / 0844 847 1515

Thu 17 Aug

£15–£50 / 0844 847 1515

…and 15 more dates until 3 Sep

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Tue 30 May

£26–£59.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 19:30 Mamma Mia! The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Wed 31 May

£26–£59.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 19:30 Mamma Mia! The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Thu 1 Jun

£26–£59.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 14:30 Mamma Mia! The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds
  • 19:30 Mamma Mia! The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds
…and 32 more dates until 8 Jul

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Tue 11 Jul

£29–£59.50 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30 Mamma Mia! The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Wed 12 Jul

£29–£59.50 / 01227 787787

  • 19:30 Mamma Mia! The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Thu 13 Jul

£29–£59.50 / 01227 787787

…and 14 more dates until 29 Jul

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