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Saturday, 15 February 2020

Mamma Mia! | Mayflower Theatre

Mamma Mia is one of those classic films that I know will automatically put a smile on my face, as soon as the Greek scenery hits the screen and the first bars of music play. There is something about the story, interwoven with classic ABBA tracks, that is just so comforting and nostalgic. This February, Mamma Mia! the musical has arrived at the Mayflower Theatre to treat everyone to a bit of sunshine and fun during this stormy weather we have been having. I couldn't wait to see the show*!


The show, set on an idyllic Greek island, follows the story of Sophie, who is trying to discover the identity of her father before she gets married. She discovers her mother's diary and invites the three men, who were close to her mother in the months prior to her birth, to the island. Mum Donna is then shocked to come face to face with these three men from her past. Throw in those classic ABBA hits, and you're toe-tapping while watching the drama unfold.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
Mamma Mia celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and has been watched by over 35 million people worldwide. The all-female creative team of Mamma Mia - creator Jody Craymer, writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd - alongside ABBA songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson were onto a great premise, which has been successful since its original opening in April 1999. It has continued to grow in popularity year on year, showing how timeless the story and music truly is.
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The whole cast were really talented, with amazing singing and dancing throughout the show. Donna and the Dynamos, played by Sharon Sexton, Helen Anker and Nicky Swift, were so funny and had me chuckling throughout. Their relationship was really believable, and just the type for friendship I'd hope to have when my friends and I are all "grown up". And Sharon's voice?! Wow, that woman can sing, and with such emotion! Incredible. The Dads were also great, with Daniel Crowder, Jamie Kenna and Rob Fowler, bringing the characters of Harry Bright, Bill Austin and Sam Carmichael (respectively) to life on stage.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
The star of the show for me though had to be Emma Mullen, playing Sophie Sheridan. The lead role is Emma's first musical theatre lead and she will leave you in awe of her versatility and stamina on stage, singing numerous ABBA hits, along with dancing and portraying the struggle of emotions. Phenomenal!
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I had an amazing night watching Mamma Mia, and the songs have been stuck in my head ever since. I mean, it's ABBA, how could it not? I can guarantee you'll be smiling from ear to ear, toe-tapping and laughing the whole show through.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
Mamma Mia is being performed at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton until the 29th February. Tickets are still available to buy, online here, or via the Box Office on 02380 711811. Get tickets - you won't regret it!

*My tickets for the performance were complimentary, in return for my review as a part of Southampton Bloggers. However, all views are honest and my own.

Love Lexie
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