24 February to 14 March 2015
Reviewed by Linzi Davies
Loved it, loved it, loved it! What an absolutely awesome, amazing, hilarious show of love, memories and mistakes. For those who don’t know, the story is set in Greece and focuses on a 20 year girl who is getting married, however it is her dream for her father to walk her down the aisle. The only slight problem with this is she doesn’t know who he is! After finding and reading her mum’s diary she invites the three men whom her mum had dot, dot, dot with 21 years earlier. The three men, Sam, Bill and Harry all turn up and then the fun really begins.
Sophie believed she would instinctively know who her real dad was, but it wasn’t to be. The story looks at the relationship her mum had with each of the men and delves into Sophie’s real reasons for needing the security of her marriage to Sky. Just as we like in a love story there is a happy ending but with a bit of a twist!
From the opening scene where Sophie songs a piercing rendition of “I had a dream” I was hooked. The scenery was very simple and basically was cleverly revolved by cast members to reveal both the inside and the outside of the beautiful Greek Taverna where the story is set.
The casting was fantastic, Rosie (Sue Devaney, better known for roles in Shameless and Dinnerladies) and Tanya (Shobna Gulati, Coronation Street and Dinnerladies) were both sidesplittingly hilarious as Mum, Donna Sheridan (Sara Poyzer, Eastenders, Doctors and Playing the Field) best friends. Some of the humour was a quite risqué but that definitely added to the fun feel of the show. Every cast member was totally believable in the role they were playing and the relationship between the characters was portrayed in a very genuine manner.
Just a note for the ladies who are going to see the show, don’t leave when the stag do starts, plenty of things worth looking at, if you catch my drift. The dance routines were fun and it was exciting to see how the characters grew within the story.
The soundtrack of Abba numbers had the audience, jigging along, clapping with the music and just loving the experience. I would certainly recommend this as a show to go and see before it finishes in Liverpool.
Without a shadow of a doubt 5 out of 5.
Tickets cost from £10 to £60 (plus £2.85)
Mamma Mia is at the Liverpool Empire until 14 March 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017