REVIEW ROUND-UP: Mamma Mia! The Party at The O2

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Here’s what critics have had to say about the new ABBA-tastic experience at The O2…

iNews: ★★★ “While the script is marginally less polished than a village pantomime, it proves to be as irresistible as ‘Dancing Queen’ at a wedding.”

The Mirror: ★★★★ “But for the most feel-good of nights it really is a special occasion. It’s on until February. Go for it, Super Troupers.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★★ “The amazing design of Bengt Fröderberg is like a giant Las Vegas-style installation, creating a performance space in, around and above us, that’s truly spectacular. Gareth Owen’s sound design makes sure that that the sound is always crystal-clear, all over the auditorium; and the immensely likeable cast negotiate the multiple levels of the set with dexterity, freely interacting with the audience along the way.”

The Telegraph: ★★★ “What is more surprising, though, is how Mamma Mia! The Party manages to be transportative. It’s obviously not a Greek island, but this simulacrum of the fantastical one created in the films and musical that preceded it is strangely convincing.”

Time Out: ★★★ “There are, to be precise, 35 Abba songs, if you count the fact they do ‘Mamma Mia’, the song, twice. This is clearly good news if you like Abba, which presumably you do. And the performances are mostly a hoot, performed with a campy élan that sees the waiting staff break out into set-piece dance routines, accompanied by the deployment of various bells and whistles, including, at one point, pyro that comes out of the fountain in the centre of the room.”

The Daily Mail: “Like the original Mamma Mia!, the storyline of Mamma Mia! The Party is told through the medium of Abba songs, threaded through the evening like sizzling kebab meat on a skewer.”

The Guardian: “For the sceptics out there? Just give it a chance – it’ll make you smile.”

Rewrite This Story: ★★★★ “There’s no denying this is a pricey experience but it’s so worth it if you want to channel your inner Julie Walters and feel like a Super Trouper for the night.”

Jonathan Baz Reviews: ★★★★★ “There really is nothing quite like Mamma Mia! The Party. The fourth wall between audience and artist doesn’t exist for a moment and the combination of theatre, dining and entertainment is of the highest order. Smash a plate, sing a song, but above all grab a ticket, because after a night in Nikos’ Taverna you truly will be yelling from the rooftops, Thank You For The Music!”

Boyz.co.uk: ★★★★ “A staggering night or pure immersive escapism where as guests you are right in the heart of the action. Superbly staged by all concerned.”

Theatre South East: ★★★★★ “This is the perfect one-night holiday for every Abba fan.”

Mamma Mia! The Party continues to play at The O2 until February 2020.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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