Review: Mamma Mia! Audiences wowed at Norwich Theatre Royal

International Tour 2016

MAMMA MIA! International Tour 2016 - Credit: Archant

It might be less than 10C outside but the heat and the feel good factor is being 'turned up to 11' in Norwich.

That is because Mamma Mia, the hit musical based on the music of Abba, has hit the Norwich Theatre Royal stage for the first time.

Like the 2008 film starring Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, Mamma Mia the stage show is set on a sun-kissed Greek island and centres on a daughter's quest to discover who her father is for the very first time.

It brings her mother face to face with three men from her past on the eve of a never to be forgotten wedding.

Lucy May Barker (Sophie Sheridan) sparkles as the daughter whose looking to find her father.

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Her mother Donna, played by Helen Hobson, also shines while her friends Rosie (Gillian Hardie) and Tanya (Emma Clifford) bring some sublime comic moments.

But the plot is almost a sub plot to the songs which surge through this show like an unending stream of musical molten lava.

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The songs of Abba explode onto the stage, like some kind of Swedish-made erupting volcano, showering the adoring, foot-tapping, hand-clapping audience with a cloud of red hot hits from the 1970s and 1980s.

Chiquitita, Thank You for the Music, SOS, Money, Money Money, Voulez-Vous, Lay All Your Love On Me, were among some of the much loved hits to be belted out and by the end the audience were on their feet as the cast performed a rousing rendition of some Abba favourites, including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Waterloo.

It is a fun-filled rollercoaster of a production which leaves the audience wanting to get up, dance and shout out Thank You for the Music or wishing they would Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! (Some more!)

Or to partially quote the title of another hit song from the 1980s era, Swede dreams are made of this.

• Mamma Mia runs until Saturday, March 25.

To book tickets call the box office on 01603 630000.

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