A Saturday afternoon in March seemed the perfect excuse to make a trek up the road to visit the Norwich Theatre Royal, and escape to a Greek island to enjoy the fun of a white wedding for a few hours!
After personally seeing it three times on London’s West End and the film countless times, Mamma Mia! is without a doubt one of my favourite musicals. Therefore I couldn’t resist the urge to experience it’s first official UK Tour.
I think Mamma Mia! is one of those shows that the everyone has heard of, and have probably seen the film at least once too. However, if you have been hiding under a rock – the story tells of a mother, a daughter and her 3 possible dads in a trip down the aisle on a sunny Greek island you’ll never forget!
The story of which, is wrapped around the music of the Swedish quartet, ABBA. The hits that we all know and love, help tell a tale of love, laughter and friendship.
For me, this story is special for a number of reasons. One being that it’s written, directed and produced by women – and of course is a very female-centric story; which I think is great because sometimes us ladies just need that little reminder of girl power. Another is the simple fact, it’s just such a joyous show filled with fun and laughter, that highlights the importance of family and friendship.
As with the music, who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of ABBA? All the iconic hits, such as Dancing Queen, Waterloo and The Winner Takes It All are mixed with some lesser known tracks like Under Attack and I Do to create the perfect soundtrack for this story. They music is catchy, fun and powerful; and by the end of the show everyone’s ‘having the time of their lives’!
The cast were incredible, and equally matched the talent I’ve seen in the West End production. A stand-out performance for me though, was Gillian Hardie as Rosie. I happened to realise I’d seen her playing a minor role in a different show a few years ago (and even then she stood out as being great) and to see her now playing a lead role and executing it with ease was a joy. She really won the audience over with her comic quirks and charm. Also a worthy shout out to Kay Milbourne, who played Donna and is credited as the alternate/understudy but truly wowed in the part. However, the rest of the cast were just as wonderful; and I think the characters in this show are so lovable and relatable, I guarantee you will leave the show wanting to be a Dynamo!
The set, costumes, props and effects were practically no different to the West End too, there was only one obvious set change (but I won’t tell you in case you want to spot it yourself!) and if anything it just made the show feel even more intimate and inclusive. Therefore if you can’t make it to London (or if like me you’re just a fan of the show), this is the perfect time to catch it!
Overall, this is a must-see production that brings a little taste of West End magic to our region. It’s fun for all the family, and the ultimate feel-good show. It’s not hard to see why over 60 million people all around the world have flocked to see it, and that even a Saturday matinee audience were giving a standing ovation and leaving with big smiles!