Mamma Mia! celebrates 25 years in London’s West End

25th Mamma Mia! anniversary artwork

Hit musical Mamma Mia! is gearing up to celebrate its 25th year in London’s West End in 2024.

The production, currently at the Novello Theatre, has played over 9,300 performances having first debuted on April 6, 1999 on at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Next month the show will become only the third musical in the history of the West End to reach its Silver Jubilee.

Judy Craymer, creator and producer of Mamma Mia!, said: “The success of MammaMia! is extraordinary and a joyous occasion to celebrate.

“The West End production is still the global flagship and it’s wonderful to be able to acknowledge such a momentous anniversary with our incredible casts and crews, our original creative team, and all the fabulous audiences we’ve had in London over the past quarter of a century.

“Back when we opened on 6 April 1999, we never dreamt that in 2024 we’d be celebrating our 25th Birthday on the very same day ABBA mark 50 years since their Eurovision win. It’s simply magnificent that Mamma Mia! continues to be loved and to resonate with audiences today. Here’s to many more years!”

For now, you can relive the magic of Mamma Mia! with this performance at the 2014 Olivier Awards featuring ABBA’s very own Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

The London production currently stars Mazz Murray as Donna, Kate Graham as Tanya, Nicola-Dawn Brook as Rosie, Haydn Oakley as Sam, Christopher Dickins as Harry, Stephen Beckett as Bill, Stevie Doc as Sophie, Tobias Turley as Sky, Jessie Odeleye as Ali, Olivia Brookes as Lisa, Chay Wills as Eddie and Arcangelo Ciulla as Pepper, with Natalie Langston playing Donna at certain performances.

Mamma Mia! features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus with a book by Catherine Johnson, direction from Phyllida Lloyd and choreography from Anthony Van Laast.

It’s proved a huge hit with both audiences and critics, securing four Olivier Award nominations including Best New Musical.

Set on a Greek island paradise, Mamma Mia! cleverly tells a story of love, friendship and identity through the timeless songs of ABBA.

Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget!

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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