Review: Mamma Mia!, Edinburgh Playhouse

Before Mamma Mia! starts, an announcement is made altering the audience to the fact that the musical they are about to see will feature an abundance of white lycra and platform boots. It’s a fitting preview for a show that is as ridiculous, cheerful and nostalgic as they come.

Set on a sunny, traditional Greek island, Mamma Mia! follows the story of a young woman named Sophie Sheridan 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.

Whilst the storyline is undeniably simple, the iconic ABBA soundtrack and magnetic energy of the ensemble cast make Mamma Mia! the must-see show of Edinburgh’s festive calendar. Each of the iconic songs are perfectly woven into the storyline and thus never come across as irrelevant, as is so often the case with popular jukebox musicals.

Sara Poyzer is a joy to watch as Donna, Sophie’s mother, and turns in a stunningly powerful rendition of The Winner Takes it All, whilst Lucy May Barker brings warmth and excitement to the show with her playful portrayal of bride-to-be Sophie.

Vibrant, sunny and uplifting – Mamma Mia! is the perfect antidote to the inevitably cold December evenings.

Mamma Mia!, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Thursday 1 December – 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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