As someone who found the film version of Mamma Mia! a bit of a cringefest, I had mixed feelings about going to see the stage show. A brilliant cast, excellent atmosphere and knowing that Pierce Brosnan wasn’t going to break out into song at any point made all the difference though.
You don’t have to be an Abba fan to enjoy the show but I’m sure it would be even better if you are. The infectious and infamous songs are all perfectly placed to tell the story, which is full of emotion and laughter.
The rainy streets of Nottingham seemed a million miles away as the action transported the audience to the Greek island where the action takes place.
In an attempt to find out who she is, Sophie Sheridan (played by Lucy May Barker) has invited her three potential dads to her impending wedding at the taverna owned by her mum Donna (Sara Poyzer).
The dads arrive and are none the wiser until they get chatting. As the story unfolds the penny finally drops for them all and for Donna.
Throw into the mix Donna’s best friends and former backing dancers Tanya (played by Emma Clifford) and Rosie (Jacqueline Braun) and a raucous stag and hen party and the chaos ensues.
The whole cast performed perfectly, there was a definite chemistry between all of the characters and the choreographed routines were slick and professional.
A technical hitch meaning a 30-minute delay in the second half starting didn’t even dampen the audience’s spirits.
See Mamma Mia! at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall until June 25. Tickets are priced from £22.50 - £55. Visit www.trch.co.uk
or click here to book.