Reviewed by Lindsay Burton
13th April 2022. What a night! Audiences made their way to their seats. We sang together, we danced together and dot, dot, dot!!
Mamma Mia made its journey to the Nottingham Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, promising audiences a story of love, friendship and identity. Set on a Greek island paradise, Sophie’s quest to discover the father she never knew brings her mother face to face with the three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they will never forget! This powerfully humorous show has been exhilarating audiences all around the globe and now there’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical in Nottingham.
With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch. The MAMMA MIA! UK and International Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal and NGM.
This musical brings back so many lovely memories for me. The last time I watched it was in London with my mum (who lives in South Africa) and that was before 2013! Last night, I got to share the experience with my own daughter, who at the age of 8, absolutely loves the movies and knows all the words to all the songs. Needless to say, it was super important that the cast recreate the feeling the movie created for me, the characters had to be on point to create the same atmosphere. And I am over the moon that this production has gone over and above by doing just that! I wouldn’t be surprised of some of the cast didn’t study the movies to create the characters just so. Sara Poyzer (Donna Sheridan) made a fabulous Donna with vocals to suit. Nicky Swift (Rosie) and Helen Anker (Tanya) were fabulous – these two characters absolutely contributed to a perfect trio and it was an absolute pleasure watching these talented actresses on stage!
Richard Standing (Sam Carmichael), Phil Corbitt (Bill Austin) and Daniel Crowder (Harry Bright) smashed the male trio. Regardless of Brosnan, Firth and Skarsgard’s dynamic magic in the movie, these three actors suited their parts faultlessly and contributed to the success of this brilliant production. Jena Pandya (Sophie Sheridan) and Toby Miles (Sky) were fantastic and without fault although I felt that Sky could potentially be played by an actor with stronger vocals, but, saying that, he suited the part in every other way and the pair made a great team on stage. A big shout out to Jasmine Shen (Ali), Mariella Mazzilli (Lisa), James Willoughby Moore (Pepper) and Corey Mitchell (Eddie) who were superb in all their roles too.
Make your way to Nottingham and enjoy an evening that will whisk you away to the paradise island where true love is at the order of the day.
Tuesday 12 to Saturday 23 April 2022
Week 1: Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Thu matinee 2pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
Week 2: Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Wed and Thu matinee 2pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm
£27 – £62 plus discounts for Royal Members, Under 26s, and Groups www.trch.co.uk 0115