Review: Mamma Mia! at the Regent Theatre

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Mamma Mia! Here we go again. And as the smash hit musical stops off at Stoke on Trent it’s clear audiences can never get too much of this feel-good tale.

The show tells the story of Sophie, a young girl living in Greece who decides to invite three men who may be her father to her wedding.

Sophie battles with her emotions, having never known anything about her father.

The show also follows the story of her mother, Donna, and how she is coping with her daughter getting married at the age of 20.

What makes this show brilliant is that it is based around the songs of ABBA, adding 70s/80s pop to an otherwise modern story.

The story is supported by ABBA’s most famous hits including Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia.

Not only did the cast sing and dance throughout, there was also a lot of humour, leaving the audience in stitches on numerous occasions.

As the show progresses, you can’t help but to fall in love with the cast; supporting Sophie, sympathising with Donna and making your own guesses as to who is Sophie’s dad.

Each member of the cast brings something to the show, making you cringe at Pepper’s attempt to woo Tanya and relate to how everyone is supported by their friends.

Lucy May Barker shines as Sophie and her on-stage chemistry with the rest of the cast is undeniable, leaving you to really believe that she has a mother-daughter relationship with Helen Hobson who plays Donna.

The set wasn’t minimalistic, consisting of two main pieces along with a few accessories, however it worked, with the blue and white buildings allowing you to escape to the little Greek island.

There was applause after every song but nothing could compare to the energy of the finale.

The entire audience were on their feet applauding the cast, even more so when they performed two encore songs – Mamma Mia and Waterloo.

Everyone was on their feet applauding and dancing, which created an atmosphere of such joy and excitement.

The smash hit show is currently touring the UK bringing ABBA fever with them wherever they go. Catch it at the Regent Theatre until Saturday, 29 April 2017.

Tickets from the ATG website.

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