Preview: Mamma Mia!, Edinburgh Playhouse

Prepare to be transported back to the Eighties thanks to the arrival of Mamma Mia! at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight (29 November) for an extended five-week run over the festive period.

The upbeat and vibrant musical is set on a sunny Greek island and follows the story of a young woman named Sophie who sets out to find her estranged father the day before she gets married. In doing so, she brings her mother face to face with three men from her past with hilarious consequences.

Written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, the popular musical features an iconic soundtrack including many of ABBA’s greatest hits such as Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take A Chance On Me and Money, Money, Money.

MAMMA MIA! International Tour 2016

The current production, which is set to run in Edinburgh from tonight until Saturday, 7 January, stars Lucy May Barker as Sophie and Sara Poyzer as Donna.

Creator and Producer Judy Craymer said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve had the chance to bring Mamma Mia! back to Edinburgh with the first UK tour. It will be ten years since the show last visited this wonderful city and we can’t wait to come back for the 2016 festive season. We look forward to welcoming new audiences as well as those that are re-joining us for the party.”

Mamma Mia! first opened in London back in 1999 and quickly became one of the West End’s most popular musicals. The show has since become an international phenomenon and been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in over 440 major cities including New York, Tornoto, Moscow, Las Vegas and Shanghai. At its final Broadway performance in September 2015, Mamma Mia! was confirmed as the eighth longest running show in Broadway history.

Mamma Mia!, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Tuesday 29 November – Saturday 7 January, 7.30pm (2.30pm matinee performances on selected dates), £15 – £64.50, 0844-871 3014.

Words: Amy Anderson


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