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‘Twas the week before Christmas 4 – Mamma Mia (23 December 2011)

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A change of pace this evening, with a trip to the Prince of Wales theatre to see Mamma Mia.

Based around the music of ABBA, this is a story of love on a Greek Island written by Catherine Johnson. It originally opened in the Prince Edward Theatre, being transferred to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004.

As well as having watched the DVD of the film (which has a slightly different storyline, although the same basis plot), this was the third time I have seen the show.

As an audience watcher, it was of note that although tickets had been hard to get due to being the Friday before Christmas, there were quite a few empty seat in the Dress Circle were we seated (about 85% full). Also most appeared to have been about my age, having been teenagers in the 1970s and early 1980s.

As expected, the show did not disappoint, with competent performances from all the principals. The music of ABBA that is real star of this show, and it is not just the blockbusters, but also the ballads with thoughtful lyrics. The finale gives the audience a chance to let their hair down, and embarrass their teenage companions in the process.

Will I go for a fourth time – it is quite likely.

  • Wikipedia entry on Mamma Mia
  • Author: Stewart

    An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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