10 May to 4 June 2016
Reviewed by Sarah-Kate Cantlie
The Mamma Mia tour has reached Manchester’s Palace Theatre on its first ever tour, staying until the 4th June for full on entertainment and delight. The Palace Theatre is a wonderful theatre, with the most helpful and polite ushers and bar people. As usual the Palace Theatre is clean and comfortable, no elbows or fighting for an arm rest as can sometimes be the case. I was sat it the stalls, I always think the right or middle is better, but was located on the left this evening, I don’t think there’s a difference, it’s all perception. I was greeted with a complimentary neck garland, along with everyone arriving, just to make us all feel part of the performance.
Mamma Mia itself was wonderful, I took a friend, she’s seen it before, many moons ago, she tells me she’s not a fan of the film, because Mamma Mia is made infinitely better with the atmosphere of the theatre. I agree whole heartedly, there is nothing better than music live, especially when accompanied with the quality choreography that we observed at the Mamma Mia. I’ve also seen the film, so I knew the plot, but this on stage performance has got to be one of the best I’ve been to, possibly the best. The amount of singing that they cram in to the plot is incredible, the dancing and quality everyone on stage is incredible.
I had the most wonderful time, I laughed a lot and I sang along to the music with everyone else, there was sporadic clapping to some of the songs and for the last part of the performance, everyone was stood up dancing. My friend assures me the performance was better than the one she attended years ago, the sheer quality of the choreography and stage presence was brilliant.
I could talk about all the stars of the show individually, but they were all brilliant, the potential fathers all bringing their own grade of hilarity to the stage. My particular favourites and I think probably the favourite of the masses who attended were best friends played by Jacqueline Braun and Emma Clifford, they were pure entertainment in every scene they were in.
If you don’t have a ticket, go, get one, it’s an excellent evening and not to be missed, I don’t even think you have to be an ABBA fan, but it might help. It’s fun and a brilliant way to spend any evening!
Tickets cost from £15 to £59.50 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Mamma Mia is at the Palace Theatre in Manchester until 4 June 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3019.
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT | 0844 871 3019