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Mamma Mia

Inspired by the 2008 movie Mamma Mia and by the music of Swedish 1970s hit-makers ABBA, the musical comes to MK theatre.

Set in the sun kissed Island of Greece a young girl pledged to be married unbeknown to her mother (who refuses to tell her who her father is) sets a plan running to find her birth father who she wants to walk her down the aisle The fun starts when the three men arrive on the island and discover why they have been invited; what transpires is fun laughter and much entertainment.

Hit after hit ABBA lyrics humorously slipped into the story line like “Take a Chance on Me” “Chiquitita” and “Honey Honey” shower this musical throughout. The first half was a little muted and a little laboured in parts throughout, although the second half made up for it with camp dancing, platform shoes, metallic glaring jumpsuits and much more to lure you back to the 70’s

A simple yet effective stage gave authenticity to a Grecian tavern; the musical based on a comedy romance was playful and quite energetic, funny and entertaining and definitely appealed to all ages by the packed out theatre around me.

Helen Hobson who plays Donna has a powerful singing voice (that got better as the show went on) was superlative for the Abba songs that she belts out. Co-stars Gillian Hardie and Emma Clifford, who play Donna’s old friends, Rosie & Tanya, are both comedic with great timing and super voices that harmonised eloquently.

This is a feel good musical that evokes memories of the 70’s era. An uplifting experience guaranteed, and you can dance at you seat or in the aisles towards the end of the show which created a great atmosphere.

Rating: 3.8/5

Mama Mia is at Milton Keynes Theatre runs until Saturday 20th May 2017. Tickets can be purchased at www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee) or by calling their Box Office on 0844 871 7652